Unit 4 to Open Doors to Renovated Bottenfield and Robeson Schools

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:38am

The newly renovated Bottenfield and Robeson Elementary Schools will open their doors to students August 20 for the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Bottenfield, which opened in 1955, underwent a $6.3 million expansion and renovation during the 2013-2014 school year. During construction, Bottenfield faculty and students were housed at the former Carrie Busey Elementary School on Kirby Avenue in Champaign. Features of the renovated school include a secured front entrance and new security system, separate gym/cafeteria, updated technology, improved ADA accessibility, and updated classrooms.

Robeson, which opened in 1967, underwent a $2.1 million renovation that took place in two phases during the summer months of 2013 and 2014.  The renovated Robeson includes a secured front entrance and administrative spaces, renovated classroom spaces, and a renovated library.

“We are so excited to welcome our students and teachers back to the renovated Bottenfield and Robeson schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand. “The renovated schools will provide our students and faculty with 21st Century spaces that support teaching and learning.”

Kenwood Elementary School is next in line for renovation; construction began this summer. Kenwood will also receive a secured front entrance and new security system, separate gym/cafeteria, updated technology, improved ADA accessibility, and updated classrooms.

The completion of the Kenwood renovation will wrap up the District’s first phase of construction projects funded by the county-wide 1% sales tax. Additional resources from this funding stream will be available for future projects on the District’s Master Facilities plan starting in 2025. The Promises Made, Promises Kept Committee, which is comprised of community members and District employees, ensures that the District uses the funds on school facilities as promised to the taxpayers.

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