WBEZ | school construction http://www.wbez.org/tags/school-construction Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Elementary school construction costs: CPS vs. UNO http://www.wbez.org/story/elementary-school-construction-costs-cps-vs-uno-92103 <p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><p>The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages school construction projects and renovations for Chicago Public Schools.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The following chart shows costs and construction duration times for recent elementary school projects.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/shiny-charter-school-southwest-side-92058"> new UNO Soccer Academy school is the lowest cost elementary school constructed in recent years</a>. But because it’s built&nbsp;for fewer students, the UNO school cost taxpayers thousands more per seat. Construction times at the UNO school were significantly lower.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>CPS Elementary School</th><th>Year Opened</th><th>Total Project Cost</th><th>Square Feet</th><th>Student Seats</th><th>Cost per Seat</th><th>Construction Duration</th></tr><tr><td>Dr. Jorge Prieto Math &amp; Science Academy</td><td>2009</td><td>$36,852,201</td><td>105,576</td><td>900</td><td>$40,947</td><td>14 months</td></tr><tr><td>Mark T. Skinner Elementary School</td><td>2009</td><td>$32,869,750</td><td>101,000</td><td>742</td><td>$44,299</td><td>16 months</td></tr><tr><td>Irene C. Hernandez</td><td>2009</td><td>$39,473,359</td><td>126,748</td><td>1230</td><td>$32,092</td><td>15 months</td></tr><tr><td>Lorca Elementary School</td><td>2010</td><td>$31,799,017</td><td>104,709</td><td>900</td><td>$35,332</td><td>17 months</td></tr><tr><td>West Ridge Elementary School</td><td>2010</td><td>$33,735,131</td><td>105,177</td><td>900</td><td>$37,483</td><td>17 months</td></tr><tr><td>Mariano Azuela Elementary School</td><td>2010</td><td>$31,133,510</td><td>105,177</td><td>900</td><td>$34,593</td><td>16 months</td></tr><tr><td>Calmeca Academy</td><td>2010</td><td>$38,509,021</td><td>105,177</td><td>900</td><td>$42,788</td><td>15 months</td></tr><tr><td>Ogden International School of Chicago*</td><td>2011</td><td>$54,066,653</td><td>109,000</td><td>900</td><td>$60,074</td><td>19 months</td></tr><tr><td>Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy</td><td>2011</td><td>$29,333,914</td><td>104,709</td><td>900</td><td>$32,593</td><td>17 months</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td><strong>AVERAGE CPS</strong></td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>$36,419,173</td><td>107,475</td><td>919</td><td>$39,624</td><td>16.2 months</td></tr><tr><td><strong>AVERAGE CPS excluding Ogden</strong></td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>$34,213,238</td><td>107,284</td><td>922</td><td>$37,128</td><td>15.9 months</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td><strong>UNO Soccer Academy</strong></td><td>2011</td><td>$27,000,000</td><td>63,300</td><td>580</td><td>$46,552</td><td>10 months</td></tr></tbody></table><p>*Project cost at Ogden is higher due to underground parking facility.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;Total Project Cost includes cost of construction and other costs such as land acquisition, site remediation, and site development.</p><p><em>Source: Chicago Building Commission of Chicago and UNO</em></p><p><i style="">CORRECTION: A correction was made to this story on 9/19/2011 at 10:30am.&nbsp; An earlier version of this chart misstated the average cost per seat of a new CPS grammar school. That cost is $39,624. If Ogden International is excluded, the average cost per seat is $37,128.</i></p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/elementary-school-construction-costs-cps-vs-uno-92103 Emanuel defends proposed property-tax hike for schools http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-defends-proposed-property-tax-hike-schools-90330 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-09/Emanuel_3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to take on City Hall’s budget gap without raising taxes. But he’s taking a different tack with red ink at the school district he controls.<br> <br> Emanuel on Tuesday defended a $150 million property-tax hike proposed by Chicago Public Schools last week.<br> <br> “We’ve got to make the tough choices,” Emanuel told reporters.<br> <br> The mayor praised the school district for trying to balance the books without packing more kids into classrooms. “We’ve not only protected the classroom, we’ve expanded educational choices and opportunities for the parents that rely on the school system,” Emanuel said.<br> <br> Emanuel pointed to new charter schools and additional funds for magnet schools, full-day kindergarten, a teacher-training academy and security cameras.<br> <br> The schools budget also includes hundreds of millions of dollars of program cuts affecting students. The reductions range from staffing at “turnaround” high schools to a dual-language pilot program.<br> <br> The district is also trimming its central office. “I have no tolerance for an overblown bureaucracy,” Emanuel said.<br> <br> But some Chicago aldermen say school officials should cut more spending before turning to homeowners and renters.<br> <br> CPS says the owner of a $250,000 home would pay about $84 more each year and that property-tax payers would face a separate levy for school construction.<br> <br> Asked whether the city could do anything to shift school funding away from the property tax, Emanuel stuck to the theme of his news conference: economic development. He said he was trying to generate revenue by encouraging job creation.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 04:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-defends-proposed-property-tax-hike-schools-90330