- Published: 14 April 2014
CHICAGO – Construction was scheduled to begin this month on long overdue repairs and renovations to William Howard Taft High School on the City’s northwest side.
The $17 million construction project will address some of the school's most seriously needed repairs. Clouded windows will be replaced, all nine science labs will be updated and renovated, the exterior crumbling brick will be patched and repaired, multiple areas of water damage will be fixed and the school's lockers will all be replaced.
“I welcome the opportunity to partner with the City to address the severity of the deterioration at Taft and for providing a remedy to the problem,” said Senator Mulroe, who was instrumental in working with city and officials in getting the construction project included in the City’s budget plan. “Our kids deserve a safe building and functional resources so that they can focus their attention on their studies.”
Taft's utilization rate is 146 percent, with 3,195 students attending class in a building with an ideal capacity of 2,184 students, making it one of the most crowded Chicago Public Schools high schools, according to data released by the district.
“Taft has been forgotten about and that neglect shows,” Alderman Mary O’Conner said, “These investments will help ensure that many more generations of students will have the resources they need to earn a world class education at one Chicago’s finest neighborhood schools.”
Construction is expected to last through the remainder of the school year and into the summer.