- Sycamore Community Schools
Master Facility Projects Nearing Completion
Sycamore Community Schools has recently completed several Master Facility projects and is near completion of several more at four schools and five campuses.
Here is a summary of the progress of the $127.5 million Master Facility plan approved in 2019:
An addition to and renovation of Symmes Elementary – Completed Jan. 3, 2022
New construction and renovation of E.H. Greene Intermediate School – Completed Sept. 2, 2022
New construction of Sycamore Stadium at Sycamore High School – Completed Sept. 16, 2022
Phased renovation of Sycamore High School – Anticipated Completion Aug. 1, 2023
New construction of Sycamore Transportation Department – Anticipated Completion Aug. 1, 2023
New construction of Sycamore Junior High School – Anticipated Completion Oct. 1, 2023
Symmes Elementary underwent a phased renovation and a 69,000-square-foot addition that included four new preschool classrooms and six new kindergarten classrooms, allowing the district to expand its early childhood offerings. The reimagined PK-4 elementary school also has a new kitchen/cafeteria and a stage addition to the gymnasium.
The new E.H. Greene Intermediate opened at the start of the 2022-23 school year. The 115,000 square-foot facility that houses Grades 5-6 features modernized classrooms, labs, a new drop-off area separating car and bus parking, and progressive technology integrated throughout. The old gymnasiums were renovated and the old cafeteria was transformed into a music suite for band, choir, and orchestra classes.
The soon-to-be-complete Sycamore Junior High School will include state-of-the-art classrooms, music and fine arts suites and an 850-seat theater. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches in the academic spaces and continuing to work on the building’s exterior. The new 170-thousand-square-foot school is still on schedule to open for the 2023-24 school year. Demolition on the old gymnasium will begin in May. The remainder of the building will be razed in June.
Due to construction on the junior high property, the Transportation Department had to be relocated. This year, they have been operating out of a temporary location on Reed Hartman Highway. Crews are currently working on the permanent home of the Transportation Department on property off Grooms Road. We look forward to full completion in July 2023.
The phased renovation of Sycamore High School is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2023. The 330,000-square-foot has already undergone major changes, including updated academic wings with collaboration spaces, relocating music classrooms closer to the auditorium, improved security, site circulations, and restrooms. Student dining underwent a major transformation before the start of the 2022-23 school year, including a new kitchen, serving area, and a coffee bar. Crews are currently creating new administrative offices to relocate the front entrance of the building to the eastern side of the building.
Phase I of Sycamore Stadium was completed in Fall 2022. The 4,200 seat multi-use stadium on the campus of Sycamore High School includes a new press box, scoreboard, concessions, restrooms, and a grand plaza entry with ticketing booth. The project was funded through $2.5 million from the bond issue passed in 2019 as well as $3.5 million in private funding. Phase II of the stadium project includes home and visitor fieldhouses. The district is actively fundraising the $3 million needed to complete Phase II.
The district’s Always An Aviator Capital Campaign is also fundraising for the Dan Henke Baseball and Softball fields, which includes upgrades to the fields and dugouts and a new press box. The estimated cost is $2 million with over $310,000 already raised.
Construction will begin in Spring 2023 on the Seger Family Natatorium at Sycamore High School. The $10.4 million facility will include an 8-lane, all deep pool with seating capacity for over 400 spectators. Mark and Saundra Seger’s commitment of over $7 million has helped make this project a reality. The district continues to privately fundraise and is close to meeting its goal. A grand opening is scheduled for early 2024.