7, 2006 community members were asked to vote on a $54 million
building bond referendum to fund the renovation and expansion
of Lake Forest High School’s Academic East Campus and
to improve portions of the West Campus facility and fields. Recognizing
our communities’ tradition of thoughtful preparation
for the next generation of students, this comprehensive plan
has been several years in the making. The plan reflects the
findings of the Strategic Planning Committee, numerous citizen
and staff planning groups, and the Board of Education.
Since the last Lake Forest High School building referendum (16 years ago) educational
methods to prepare students for college and beyond have changed significantly.
Additionally, our enrollment has increased by over 60%. Lake Forest High School
needs to remain current in order toprepare our students for life and work in
an increasingly technological and competitive global economy. In developing the
plan, educational objectives were defined, then architectural schematics were
reviewed and streamlined until only those identified as essential remained.
It is the Board of Education’s unanimous position that the recommended
improvements are necessary to keep Lake Forest High School academically competitive
with other high-performing schools; are fiscally responsible; and provide a long-range
plan for our students and community. This report outlines the plan and addresses
some of the most frequently asked questions about this initiative.
high schools currently provide extended labs for ALL of their
science students. Due to a lack of lab space, we can only
offer extended labs to the Advanced Placement (AP) students.
This is just one example of the academic concerns we need
to address to remain competitive with other high performing
- Dr. Harry Griffith, Superintendent
This long-range plan would:
• Expand East Campus to keep Lake Forest High School academically competitive
with other high performing schools,
current and projected enrollment needs,• Address
safety and security concerns,
more athletic and administrative functions
to West Campus to make room for an improved
academic program at East Campus, and
financial impact on the taxpayer by issuing
new building bonds (as the bonds from the 1990
referendum come to retirement) that would be
funded over the next 20 years with no projected
tax rate increase.
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