The District is proposing development of a science center and other various modernizations at the existing Villa Park HS in 2 phases. Currently, there are 84 teaching stations in 60 permanent classrooms and 24 portable classrooms. Phase 1 of the modernization would involve development of a 2-story, 45,000 sf science center with 16 classrooms that would replace the existing one-story 300 building housing 10 classrooms near the northeast corner of the campus. Phase 1 also involves reconfiguration of the parking lots (lots 1-4) and 2 eastern driveways serving these lots. Phase 2 would involve parking lot and drop-off area improvements to lots 1-3, including relocation of the second driveway from the west, and modernization of the 100/200 building, including but not limited to interior remodeling and relocation of the staircase from the north elevation to south elevation. The relocated driveway would be places at the south leg of the Nichols Ave and Taft Ave intersection, and only allow left turn into and left turn out of the campus.
At phase 1 completion, the nine portable interim classrooms would remain to house the students for the 100/200 building improvements in phase 2. The 100/200 building has 27 classrooms. No increase in the school's permanent classroom count or its enrollment capacity is proposed. At buildout of phase 2, the ten portable interim housing facilities (9 classrooms and one restroom) and six additional portable classrooms would be removed from the campus. Therefore, at buildout of the proposed project there would be a total of 84 teaching stations (66 permanent classrooms and 18 portable classrooms) and the proposed modernization would not result in any change to the existing student enrollment capacity.