HMS Construction

Hinsdale Middle School Construction

On November 8, 2016, voters in District 181 approved the successful passage of the Hinsdale Middle School Referendum. Please click on the links at right to access the latest reports and resources on this exciting project and learn more about the next steps being done in collaboration with architect Cordogan Clark & Associates, construction manager Bulley & Andrews, and the Village of Hinsdale.

Latest News (3/27/17)

On March 27, the Board of Education's legal counsel and the plaintiffs’ legal counsel presented oral arguments to Judge Bonnie M. Wheaton of the DuPage County Circuit Court on the District's Motion to Dismiss the complaint. Judge Wheaton ruled in the District's favor and granted the Motion to Dismiss. The ruling, which dismissed the entire case, was "with prejudice," meaning that her ruling is final and the plaintiffs cannot amend their complaint. However, the plaintiffs do have up to 30 days to file a notice of appeal. That timeframe cannot be expedited. Superintendent Dr. Don White notes, "We will work with legal counsel to expedite any court proceedings that may follow during the appeal process as necessary." If the plaintiffs do not file a notice of appeal within the set 30-day time frame, then they are precluded from appealing later and all stages of the case are then over. Please click here to view the Judge's Order following the Hearing.

Latest News (3/21/17)

Please click here to read the Defendant's Reply Brief in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss filed on March 21, 2017. Also, please note that during the Special Board of Education meeting on March 20, 2017, the Board approved the engagement of the pro bono legal services of Thomas Panhoff of Mayer Brown LLP, specifically for litigation related to the HMS Referendum (Vote 5-0; Absent: Turek, Giltner). Mr. Panhoff offered to work with the Board of Education's legal counsel from Hauser Izzo, LLC in support of District efforts to achieve a successful outcome on the lawsuit. The Board thanked Mr. Panhoff, his firm, and the D181 parents who recommended his services.

Latest News (3/15/17)

Please click here to read the Plaintiffs' Response to the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss.

Latest News (2/22/17)

Please click here to read the Superintendent's community update sent February 22, 2017, reporting on that day's court visit and sharing news that the lawsuit case hearing has been moved from March 20 to March 27, 2017.

Latest News (2/17/17)

Please click here to read the Superintendent's community update sent February 17, 2017, sharing news that Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 3319 and providing notice of the February 22, 2017 hearing.

Latest News (2/15/17)

Posted at right are a number of newly provided documents and resources regarding the HMS project, including a snapshot of related legal costs, a project timeline with key dates, an update on the project budget, and a cash-flow analysis, along with clarifying information on the loan-transfer resolutions approved by the Board in January 2017. Also posted is information on Mr. Kerry Leonard, the HMS Project Owner's Representative.

Latest News (2/13/17)

Please click here to read the Superintendent's community update sent February 12, 2017, commenting on the Board and administration's efforts to respond to legislative and litigation issues related to the project. Click the green link at right to access FAQs on the project, which were recently updated with new items.

Latest News (2/8/17)

Please click here to read the Superintendent's community update sent February 8, 2017, reporting on the morning's court appearance and news on the parking deck partnership with the Village of Hinsdale.

Latest News (2/6/17)

Please click here to read the Superintendent's community update sent February 6, 2017. As noted in Dr. White's message, we are proceeding with the next steps to address the election lawsuit, and we are still awaiting the Governor's signature on the Amendment to Senate Bill 3319. We are continuing the design development process so that should these legal matters be resolved, we could be on schedule to open the new building for students in the 2018-19 school year, but Dr. White does express concerns about the potential for delays and added costs. This community update also includes news on approvals/presentations to the Village of Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission.

Latest News (1/27/17)

Please click here to access a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding ongoing litigation and pending legislative issues related to the Hinsdale Middle School referendum and construction process, sent to families, staff, and Key Communicators on January 27, 2017. Please click here to access the information referenced in the FAQ regarding the Amendment to Senate Bill 3319 and the vote totals in the House and Senate.

Latest News (From the 1/17/17 Superintendent's Report)

"The Hinsdale Middle School construction project team (administration, architect, and construction manager) is continuing efforts to prepare for the start of on-site work this spring. In addition to incorporating the design changes that were Board approved on December 19, 2016, we have proceeded in planning for upcoming events and processes. Among other tasks, this has included updating the project budget, preparing for upcoming community meetings, and finalizing documents and submittals for the Village of Hinsdale Planning and Zoning presentations. The updated design development budget (posted to BoardDocs) includes a bid package breakdown summary. In addition, Bulley & Andrews, Cordogan Clark Associates, and D181 administrators collaborated with KLOA in the completion of an HMS traffic study (posted to BoardDocs).

"On January 9, the team met with representatives from the Village of Hinsdale Fire and Police Departments and Village Administration. We discussed safety throughout the construction process (i.e. pedestrian travel and traffic flow) and safety-related components of the design (i.e. building entrances and shelter areas). The Village attendees were supportive of our work and are partnering with us in some next steps. As an example, we will need to work closely with the Village in sharing news with residents about the potential closure of Washington Street between Second Street and Third Street once site work begins.

"In regard to the Owner's Representative position, I had originally intended to make an employment recommendation during the January 17, 2017 Board meeting. However, due to schedule conflicts with the Special Board meeting held January 5, there was a need to delay the interviews of four candidates for this position. The interviews were held on January 10. Four very highly qualified individuals were selected to participate in the interview process. The agreement which defines the scope and costs for serving as the Owner's Representative is not complete. As such, the Owner's Representative employment recommendation will be part of the February 13, 2017 agenda.

"In regard to the Superintendent's Project Advisory Task Force (PATF), the selection of members is complete. Eighteen people had indicated their interest in being considered; I was extremely impressed with the caliber of these individuals. The selected members include: Gary Clarin, Jerry Mejdrich, Paul Sporleder, Fred Regnery, Steve Cashman, Kathleen Turnbull, Brian Guerin, and Craig Cassell. Posted on BoardDocs is a document that includes the purpose, membership, and parameters of the PATF, along with related backgrounds of each member. Our first meeting is scheduled for January 23; members have been invited to attend the January 24 community event."

Key Resources

Files Related to Legislation / Litigation

Construction / Timeline


Project Budget

Pre-Referendum / Election

Updates/Reports from the District (Aside from Legislation / Litigation Updates Posted Above)

Owner's Representative

In December 2016, we welcomed applicants for the position of Owner's Representative, an individual who will serve as the District's project manager for the new construction of HMS. The Board of Education approved an agreement with Mr. Kerry Leonard for that position at their Business meeting on February 13, 2017. Please click the links before for further information.

Superintendent's Advisory Community Task Force

The role of the Task Force is to oversee the expenditure of public funds for the HMS construction project, to be an advisory team for the District administration, to ensure that construction is responsive to the Board of Education’s desires and in line with what voters approved, and to support successful completion of the project. This group is intended to be collaborative, working together on behalf of taxpayers and in cooperation with District personnel and hired professionals. We are grateful to all community members who applied to support this work!

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