Less than two years after completing a $23.7 million addition, Mundelein High School officials and architects are crafting a new multimillion-dollar expansion plan. A new auditorium and a new cafeteria are chief among the projects being considered. Existing building space also could be turned into classrooms for performing arts programs. At this preliminary stage, administrators say the price tags for the proposed projects total around $50.7 million. That’s down from the $157.7 million estimate Legat Architects gave in January before scaling back projects at the school board’s request.
Regardless, officials say they’ll probably have to ask voters to approve a tax-rate increase to fund the work. “Depending on the timing of these projects, there would likely have to be a referendum,” said Andy Searle, the school’s business manager. Legat’s architects were hired to develop a long-range facilities plan for the campus at 1350 W. Hawley St., including the building, athletic fields and parking lots. The study didn’t include the Village Green Golf Club, which the district owns and could be partially converted into sports fields if a planned sale of the bulk of the property goes through. The study also didn’t include the former church property that adjoins the school and was purchased by the district in 2016.
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