Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ed Brophy told the Forest Park Elementary School District 91 board at their Sept. 12 meeting an engineering audit had been completed by the architects hired by the board, and a feasibility study for a potential addition at Betsy Ross School would be presented at the October meeting.

Betsy Ross School is the smallest school in D91 (around 20,000 square feet, including a previous addition) and was built in 1926. Superintendent Lou Cavallo has told the board the current portable office mobile unit behind the school legally must be phased out in the next couple of years. The architects will propose plans for adding a second story. Cavallo has said the new addition could be built with existing capital funds without floating any bonds or bringing a referendum question to the ballot.

At Thursday’s meeting, Cavallo pointed out an addition might mean a second preschool could be started at Betsy Ross. Currently the filled-to-the max preschool classes are held at Garfield.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...