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Construction closes Pratt/Crawford intersection
The Pratt Avenue intersection with Crawford Avenue will be closed to through traffic for three weeks beginning Oct. 7.
General traffic eastbound on Pratt traffic will be detoured at Lincoln Avenue to Devon Avenue. Parents driving students to school should come east on Touhy Avenue to East Prairie Road.
General westbound traffic on Pratt will be directed to Devon Avenue at McCormick Boulevard. Local traffic from the east can access the school at Hamlin Avenue, as is the current practice. Local traffic can turn left on Lunt and left onto Crawford.
Buses will be allowed to turn, so there is little interruption to bus service expected. School personnel will be on hand to assist in directing traffic.
The intersection is scheduled to reopen Oct. 27.
Summer projects completed with 30 percent savings
Using a non-traditional approach to project planning and construction, District 74 saved 30 percent of initial estimated costs in building renovations and grounds improvements completed this summer.
The figures were part of a cost recap at the Board of Education’s September Finance Committee and included in the 2014-15 budget approved Sept. 25.
TFS Alliance Group served as project manager to oversee summer improvement projects from bids to completion, which cost $905,000. The original project estimates came to $1.3 million. Terry Stoklosa draws on 15 years of school construction experience for TFS Alliance Group consulting services. Costs were saved in architect fees and service contracts.
Work completed this summer included:
- Lincoln Hall: Roofing and water main repairs, STEM lab construction and new lighting in both gymnasiums
- Rutledge Hall: Parking lot and sewer repairs, and new lighting in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- Todd Hall: Interior painting throughout, new lighting and air conditioning installed in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- All buildings: Improved security with new entry system and expanded wireless Internet access
- Landscaping improvements throughout the campus
Students Experience Pioneer Life
During the end of September, each 5th-grade class at Rutledge Hall visited The Grove in Glenview to experience pioneer life in 1856. Students' hands-on activities included candle making, churning butter and cooking. They also learned about rope making, tin punching and weaving at the Historic Kennicott House.
The field trip is a unique experience that is a tradition at Rutledge Hall. The program is operated by the Glenview Park District and is aligned to state learning standards in social studies of gaining understanding of individuals and the history of Illinois.
The Grove was a designated National Historic Landmark in 1976 and was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott. His accomplishments include an exhibition of his specimen collection at the Smithsonian and the founding of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, according to the park district's website.
For more photos, view the slideshow, taken Sept. 24.
Lincoln Hall Cultural Museum Decades Showcase
Eighth grade students at Lincoln Hall Middle School opened a Contemporary American Cultural Museum Decades Showcase for Parent Visitation Day on Sept. 19 . Students worked in teams to create exhibits and video podcasts.
The decades featured included '50s, '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and '00s.
Play the slideshow to see more about the event.
Todd Hall Celebration for Good Behavior
Todd Hall students were treated to sidewalk chalk art time during the first PBIS celebration of the year for good behavior. They also were treated to watching their teachers get all wet! Teachers participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and spread awareness about the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Students learned in an age-appropriate way about the disease during the past week then celebrated as each teacher got the bucket of water over their head.
Watch the slideshow of the celebration (below) and the video of the Ice Bucket Challenge.