During a regular meeting on Jan. 8, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the scope of work in the district’s master facilities plan.

The vote set in motion a series of events, such as the initiation of pre-design and design phases of construction and the selection of a construction manager to oversee the capital work, that will directly apply to the master plan’s initial phase — the first, and most extensive, of three phases.

The first phase could cost an estimated $77 million and includes work at all three schools that could take until 2022 to complete. Around $48 million of that total expenditure, or 62 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso East while $24 million, or 31 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso West, and $5 million, or 7 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA).

The work ranges from extensive electrical upgrades and stadium reconstruction at East to parking lot and traffic control improvements at PMSA. District 209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said that the district has nearly $60 million on hand to pay for the improvements, with the additional $17 million coming from three years of surplus budgets.

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