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BREAKING: H-F High School Board Approves $26M Expansion

H-F High School District 233 is holding a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. to vote whether or not to spend $26 million on a controversial new field house.

UPDATED AT 8 a.m. on Oct. 31

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School board of education voted in favor of passing the $26 million field house expansion. Check back with Patch for more news.

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H-F High School District 233 is holding a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. today to vote whether or not to spend $26 million on a controversial new field house.

READ ABOUT H-F HIGH SCHOOL'S PROPOSED NEW FIELD HOUSE

The full price tag on the new structure is $26,060,000. The work will be contracted out to Nicholas & Associates of Mt. Prospect, should the expansion pass.

Check back with Patch later today for news on the board's decision.

Linda T October 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Wow - 8:30 a.m. with short notice. Why was this meeting not scheduled with adequate notice at a time when hard-working taxpayers with day jobs can attend, say in the evening like usual??? Oh. Right. We know why.
Homewood Jim October 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The date on the Agenda letter is October 30? Announcing a meeting and vote --- on October 30? This doesn't pass the smell test. Your house is worth half what it was 5 years ago and your taxes are probably twice what they were. And HF wants to spend $26 MILLION? Ya think maybe it's time for a reality check?
Juvenal October 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
So when and where was notice of this "public" meeting posted? Posted outside the Superintendent's office 48 hours and 1 minute beforehand? Buried in some sub-directory on the web site? Let's also teach the kids that they only need to follow the letter of the law, not its spirit! Well played, Von, well played....
Juvenal October 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Ryan when and how did the Patch learn of the meeting? Thanks!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
A reader sent me an email telling me the agenda was posted on the high school website.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
(That was yesterday, I'm not sure when the agenda was actually posted.)
SouthSide October 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
At 8:30 am on a weekday so the community members who are lucky enough to be employed cannot participate. Wonderful.
SouthSide October 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
And the next board meeting is on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving--a day not exactly convenient for families, given travel plans, needing to work late to make up for the lost day during the week, preparing for the Thursday meal... Typical dirty business on the part of the school board. This just might be the icing on the cake for me to move out of the H-F school district.
WA Mama October 30, 2012 at 08:09 PM
8:30 am. Unbelievable. The one time when everyone in town with kids is busy. Let me guess: they vote "yes."
SouthSide October 30, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Ridiculous! They approved it... Not surprising, given the corruption on that Board.
Southside2 October 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Total BS! Such a waste of money!
BUTCH October 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
why not MIDNIGHT?
Southside2 October 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
So who's name is going to go on the plaque? Von Stadium? I posted this before, LOOK INTO MOLD ISSUES IN THE SCHOOL FIRST!
Juvenal October 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM
http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/2013ElectionCalendar.pdf
Juvenal October 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
The metadata on the pdf agenda on the HF233 website indicates that the document was created on Friday October 26 at -- get this -- 4:59 p.m.
Linda T October 31, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I'm disgusted. Ryan, I'm curious if this was unanimous, and if not, if you can say who voted which way. Or is that in tomorrow's article?
Juvenal October 31, 2012 at 01:47 AM
For some reason I cannot get comments to load for this article . No conspiracy theories ... Yet.
Linda T October 31, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I had that same problem when I got home from work.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 02:09 AM
You're not the first person who's mentioned this. We've been having quite a few minor issues throughout the day (that's why there weren't any newsletters or breaking news alerts sent out today). From what I understand, it MAY have something to do with the hurricane.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I'm working on getting that information for you, Linda.
Richard Thomas October 31, 2012 at 05:19 PM
According to today’s Tribune, Homewood Flossmoor High School Dist. ranks second in the state with average administer salaries at an average of $167,237 (no data for # of administrators). The district average ACT Score is 21.3 and 41.9% of juniors scored high enough on at least three of the four parts of the ACT to be considered “college-ready” for key freshman classes. HFHS spends $15, 370 per student. Local property taxes account for 65.5% of funding sources with another 9.6% coming from other local sources. According to the State Board of Education there appears to be an estimated fund balance in the coffers for 2011 of over $56,000,000. Just something to ponder while watching the dust fly for the new “bang for your buck” field house and you must write that next property tax check.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The vote was unanimous.
Don Mastery October 31, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Our community is known for its educational opportunities and many fine people move here in part or in total because of the great schools. Our children continue to gain a great education that readies them for their next step, whatever that is. If you've been in the fieldhouse in the last 20 years, you know it is in terrible shape and space is at a premium. It's so overcrowded that students have team practices there anytime between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm. It is my understanding that property taxes will not go up to pay for these improvements and they're not asking us to pass a referendum to pay for it. I personally have no problem with building and campus improvements at H-F HS and believe it is one of the special amenities in our community that makes us shine above others. Also, this project was not a secret and has been discussed openly for quite a while, which can be verified by looking on their website.
Juvenal November 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Don please provide a link to any HF233 web site pages listing the cost of the project that has been there for "quite a while" thanks. It used to be the library that was overcrowded at HF. How times change.
Edmodo November 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I personally think that they should take that money and spend it on educational use such as buying students iPads for school books and learning purposes. With all this new technology they should convert to lap tops and tablets for learning purposes.
John May 29, 2013 at 03:42 AM
H-F School Board is really rolling out the great decisions. Cut a music teacher, then started building this unnecessary monstrosity.

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