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Hiawatha School District 426
Hiawatha School Dist
Christine Demory, superintendent
410 S. First St. Kirkland, IL 60146 815-522-6676
Today is a new beginning for the future of our community and our students, Hiawatha Superintendent Christine Demory said.
The new elementary school will feature eight classrooms, a multipurpose room and a learning resource center. The learning resource center will include the schools library, computer stations and a small conference room. Demory said the center will be available for community use. We want the community to be able to use this as well. It has always been our desire for us to allow that, she said. Demory said the new elementary school will help address some of the issues regarding the current facility, such as issues with the buildings heating and cooling systems. We are replacing the current elementary space to help meet some of our identified needs and things that need to be replaced at the current elementary school, Demory said. Demory said residents and district officials have been planning for the project since 2006. The elementary school is scheduled to be completed in March 2011. Its very exciting when children are at the heart of your decision, Demory said.
Rockwood made $135,045 for running a district with 782 students, while Superintendent Christine Demory made $136,258 for running Hiawatha School District 426 with 606 students.
All three of the districts gave their superintendents 20 vacation days, while Demory received 20 sick days, Hammack was given 17 and Rockwood 13, according to reports posted on the district websites.
Hiawatha superintendent Christine Demory declined to comment about the incident or the team's future, saying only "Hiawathas focus has always been and will always be what is in the best interest of its students."
But the district still has to address the safety issues in the building, Hiawatha Schools Superintendent Christine Demory said.
A 2007 state-mandated report found multiple violations in multiple areas, including the schools boiler, bleachers, electrical equipment, plumbing fixtures, floor coverings, entryways and roof. It is less expensive to build a new facility than to repair the existing one, which was built in 1937, Demory said. The district will be able to purchase the bonds which will not exceed $4 million without raising the tax rate of $5.35 for every $100 of owned property, Demory said. The bonds will be tax exempt and paid over 20 years. That will be accomplished through several measures, she said, including using about $1.3 million of the district's $4 million reserve fund, seeking federal stimulus money and asking the Village of Kirkland for money from a tax increment financing district. A TIF allows taxing bodies to invest in specific areas that have been identified as having physical and economic deficiencies by applying new revenue generated within the TIF district to new development or redevelopment efforts in that area for a set number of years. Taxing entities that would have received some of that money can ask its municipality for it; Demory said the district has requested about $47,000. The district got about $65,000 last year. The district also is applying for Build America Bonds, part of the federal stimulus package that allows the district to receive payment from the U.S. Treasury equal to 35 percent of each interest payment. The program applies to new construction, repair or renovation, and is available for the life of the bonds. While the budget projections the district built did not include BAB funds, Demory said it "was a given" that the district would receive the federal money. The bonds will allow the district to build a new wing on the north end of the facility that houses the district's students as well as renovate some existing rooms, according to Demory. The addition will be used for elementary students, Demory said. Demory hopes the district can break ground on the addition by October, and that students can attend classes there in the fall of 2010. The area used now by elementary students will eventually be torn down, with the hopes of eventually having the funding to build a new gymnasium, Demory said.