Voters approve expansion, update of Unity Elementary School

Mrs. Heemeyer's kindergarten class walks from the Salem Lutheran Church to Mendon Elementary School for P.E. class across the street on Friday, Mar. 29, 2019. Mendon Elementary uses the church for preschoolers and one kindergarten class because there is not enough room in the main school. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 2, 2019 10:50 pm Updated: Apr. 3, 2019 1:18 am

MENDON, Ill. — Construction will likely begin at the end of the current school year involving the expansion and updating of the Unity Elementary School.

Voters approved a $6 million bond referendum on Tuesday that will add 10 classrooms, kitchen facilities, restrooms, a physical education area, storage, a multipurpose room to double as a tornado shelter, a nurse’s room and special education rooms.

The new space, approved by voters 708-469, should be ready for the 2020-21 school year, according to members of Building Unity — a committee that is working to solve the space crunch within the Unity School District.

With the additional classroom space, plans call for the fourth and fifth grades to move from the middle school to the elementary school, which then will house K-5 students and make space available to reinstate courses and programs eliminated due to lack of space at the middle school.

Repairs to interior wiring, lighting, plumbing, siding and updating restrooms in the existing elementary building also are part of the master plan.

Building Unity calculates for the owner of a home with a $100,000 market value, the referendum will mean an additional $16.65 on the property tax bill — or about 5 cents per day or 1.39 per month.