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Hebron Township to host information session on District 19 referendum plan

Salutatorian Nicholas Talbert speaks during Alden-Hebron High School's commencement ceremony May 20 at the school in Hebron.
Salutatorian Nicholas Talbert speaks during Alden-Hebron High School's commencement ceremony May 20 at the school in Hebron.

Hebron-area residents will have a chance this month to learn more about Alden-Hebron School District 19’s potential referendum to fund millions in school improvements.

Hebron Township Trustee Mike Von Bergen has organized an informational meeting for people who could be affected by the proposed referendum.

The district is in the process of considering plans to either construct a new school or complete extensive renovations on the existing middle and high school building.

Earlier this year, District 19 formed a facilities committee to consider the matter. The district likely would put the decision in the hands of the voters with a referendum question on the April 2019 ballot, according to district documents.

Some of the projects would include life and safety work, improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, various expansions to areas such as the learning center and gymnasium, track and field replacement and more.

The estimated cost for the repairs and renovations to the building is about $14 million.

If a referendum were to move forward for the April ballot, the board would need to make a decision by the winter.

Von Bergen said the meeting will give the school district and McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn a chance to answer questions and provide information about the plans.

“We want to remain neutral and get information both ways,” Von Bergen said. “What hasn’t been discussed is other infrastructure costs to [the] township.”

The information session will be at
7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Hebron Township office, 10206 Seaman Road.

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