Looking Toward the Future: Referendum 2023
In a final canvassing of the April 4 Consolidated Election votes, the Lake County Clerk certified the final ballot results on Thursday, April 20. It is with deep appreciation to the voters of the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood communities that we acknowledge the passage of the Lake Forest Community High School District 115 $105.7 million 20-year bond referendum.
The District has moved into the next phase of planning by creating the D115 Capital Projects Advisory Committee, a group of qualified community volunteers with relevant backgrounds to provide community consultation on projects funded by the bond. The group is not a decision-making body but provides input at key junctures during the planning, design, and construction phases of projects.
- Jason Akemann - Business
- Matt Baranko - Construction
- Diana Melichar - Architecture
- Jim Opsitnik - Construction and Preservation
- Susie Pizzo - Interior Design
- Carol Post - Structural Engineer
- Peter G. Strittmatter - Heating and Cooling
- J. Carter Strothman - Diversified Technical Services
Benefits and Categories of Improvements
The proposed LFHS improvements would deliver many benefits for both our students and the community, including:
- Creating a healthier, safer and more secure high school
- Extending the useful life of existing facilities
- Reducing costly emergency repairs
- Enhancing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
- Improving energy efficiency
- Attracting and retaining quality teachers
- Improving access to student support services
- Preparing students for college and careers
- Maintaining academic excellence
- Protecting property values
Repair or replace outdated roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, historical windows, lighting/controls, and masonry. Address exterior enclosure improvements.
Update fire protection system. Install rapid lock-down system, and door sensors at all exterior doors. Construct interior partition systems for after-hours security.
Improve outdated labs and bring the last remaining classrooms to the same capabilities as those updated in 2006, including acoustics, lighting, instructional technology, furniture, and related upgrades.
Address code issues and improve accessibility, including ADA upgrades to restrooms, drinking fountains, ramp slopes, handrails at stairs and ramps, and pull clearances at doors.
Relocate, reconfigure and/or expand spaces for counselors, student psychologists, and other student support professionals and faculty. Better integrate instructional spaces for special education.