Chappelow K-8 Bond Project
Proposed Repairs and Renovation in the 2019 Bond Issue
Chappelow was converted to an Arts Magnet K-8 two decades ago. The school does not have a neighborhood boundary and all students are open enrolled from areas throughout District 6. Chappelow and the arts magnet program have been a popular choice for students and parents, and the school is more than 200 students over capacity.
Despite the school's focus on the fine arts, Chappelow has no formal performing arts space. Therefore, a significant addition is proposed for the school that would include additional classrooms that will facilitate the removal of temporary, portable buildings, and the construction of a performing arts space, to be determined with input from the school community.
In addition, repairs and renovations to the existing building will include enhanced safety and security, including an improved entry; replacement of aging heating and cooling systems, replacement of worn carpet and flooring, and asbestos abatement where needed; replacement of plumbing fixtures; replacement of aging door hardware to improve function and security; painting and refinishing walls and ceilings based on greatest need; replacement of select kitchen equipment, installation of energy efficient lighting and accessibility improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Improvements will also be made to some classrooms and learning spaces.
A 28,000 square foot addition will be constructed at Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School that will include a new auditorium, outdoor performance space, additional classrooms, cafeteria expansion and more.
The design of the building is underway and is slated to be complete by December 2020. Construction should begin in January 2021, and be completed by July 2022.
Design Advisory Group
A Design Advisory Group works with architects to help design major elements of a building or project. It is composed of people from the school's community, including staff, parents and students. The Design Advisory Group holds regular meetings throughout the project. Here is the membership for the Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School Design Advisory Group:
Christopher Kieffer, Principal
Jess Oziah, Assistant Principal
Mary Porter, Parent, CPTO President
Karen Burroughs, DHH
Sue Davis, Choir and Music Teacher
Megan Schmidt, 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Sydney Elder, 1st Grade Teacher
Will Pharis, Theater Teacher
Courtney Fay, School Counselor
Jill Burczyk, Art Teacher
Michelle Romero, SPED
Teri Oberleitner, Office Manager
Ben Kleiber, Band Teacher
John Sosna, Parent and SAC Member