June 29, 2022 Update

Thanks to everyone who voted in the June 28 Gubernatorial Primary Election and voiced their opinion on the ballot question regarding D140’s request to build a new school. According to the Cook County Clerk’s website, initial results indicate there were 5,255 ballots cast, with 62.75% of voters in favor of building a new school.

This vote allows KSD 140 to use part of its cash reserves to construct a new school building on the western portion of the existing Fernway school property. The new school will replace the current Fernway Park Elementary School.

Next Steps

D140 will continue to work with Tria Architecture in anticipation of breaking ground in February 2023 and completing the new school in August 2024. Students and staff will continue to learn and work in the current building until the new school opens at the start of the 2024-25 school year. Additionally, during the 2024-25 school year, the old Fernway school will be demolished to make room for a new parking lot, playground, green spaces, and landscaping.

We appreciate your support of and investment in our schools and community.


Your Vote. Your Voice.

A referendum will appear on the Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election ballot asking for voter permission to use part of our cash reserves to construct a new school building on the western portion of the existing Fernway school property. This new school will replace the current Fernway Park Elementary School.

There will be NO ADDITIONAL TAX IMPACT associated with this construction. District 140 will pay for the Fernway project entirely out of cash reserves. If voters approve this project, it will allow D140 to construct a new school building using money already saved and earmarked for the maintenance and care of our facilities.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please review the information below or contact us at ksd140.org.contact-us.


Investing in Our Community

Property values are tied to the strength of a school district. Good public schools equal good home and resale values. By prioritizing the care and maintenance of our facilities, we are investing in our schools, our community, and our future. 

New School

Estimates for retrofitting and modernizing Fernway Park Elementary School's current infrastructure for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, data, and classrooms were approaching the cost of a new school. The Kirby School District 140 Board of Education believes a new building is a better long-term solution. The proposed new school will be built on the western portion of the existing Fernway School property and replace the current Fernway Park School.

Additionally, this design will create a District Early Childhood Center within Fernway, allowing us to centralize services for our preschool-age students and free up classroom space at our other elementary buildings. 

No Additional Tax Impact

D140 will pay for the Fernway project entirely out of cash reserves. If voters approve this project, it will allow D140 to construct a new school building using money already saved and earmarked for the maintenance and care of our facilities.

Vote

Illinois law requires D140 to secure voter permission to spend part of our cash reserves to construct a new school building. A referendum will appear on the Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election ballot asking for voter permission to construct a new school building on the western portion of the existing Fernway property. The exact question that will appear on the ballot is, "Shall the Board of Education of School District 140, Cook County, Illinois, build one new school building on the Fernway Park School site to replace the Fernway Park School?"
 


Frequently Asked Questions


Early Voting

For the June 28, 2022, Gubernatorial Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place
June 13 – 27. As a reminder, voters who participate in Early Voting must vote in person. Early Voting locations and hours can be found here.
 

Vote By Mail

Mail Ballot applications for the June 28, 2022, Gubernatorial Primary Election will be accepted starting March 30, 2022. 

Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID, or social security number on file may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application.

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted.
 

Election Day Voting • June 28

Registered suburban Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day.

Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.

Registered and unregistered Cook County residents can find their assigned polling place with the Your Voter Information tool.
 

Click here to download a list of polling places.

 

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