• Front of Lake Forest High School

    Overview

    The Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education is pursuing a $105.7M referendum on the April 4, 2023 Lake County election ballot.

    Our historic, 88-year-old high school—one of our community’s most important public assets—is in need of fundamental  improvements to the basic, aging infrastructure elements like plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, windows, and roofing. 

    These updates not only allow us to preserve this iconic community asset, but also ensure that our students and staff have the environment they need  for teaching and learning, preparing our Scouts to grow, excel, and achieve in the rapidly-changing world that awaits them. 

    By protecting and improving our high school, we will extend its useful life, reduce costly emergency repairs, enhance safety and security, and improve ADA accessibility.  

    Ballot Language

    Notice is Hereby Given that at the consolidated election to be held on Tuesday, the 4th day of April, 2023, the following proposition will be submitted to the voters of Community High School District Number 115, Lake County, Illinois:

    Shall the Board of Education of Lake Forest Community High School District Number 115, Lake County, Illinois, alter, repair, renovate and equip the existing Lake Forest High School facilities, including constructing security improvements and installing access controls, replacing portions of roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, renovating science labs, classrooms and other instructional spaces, updating instructional technology, improving heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, increasing accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and improving and equipping sites, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $105,700,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

    The polls at the election will be open at 6:00 o’clock A.M. and will continue to be open until 7:00 o’clock P.M. on that day.

    Five Main Categories of Improvements

     Maintenance & Infrastructure

    Repair or replace outdated roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, historical windows, lighting/controls, and masonry. Address exterior enclosure improvements.

     

     Safety and Security

    Update fire protection system. Install rapid lock-down system, door sensors at all exterior doors, and additional security cameras at West Campus. Construct interior partition systems for after-hours security.
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     Labs, Classrooms & Technology

    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. ​​

     

     ADA Accessibility

    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. 

     

     Student Support Spaces

    Relocate, reconfigure and/or expand spaces for counselors, student psychologists, and other student support professionals and faculty. Better integrate instructional spaces for special education.

     

    Anticipated Benefits

    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

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