District Facilities Plan

  • Phase II

    Our vision is for safe, up-to-date and healthy learning environments for all District 622 students that make them Ready for Tomorrow.

    Over the past two years, we have been assessing the age, efficiency and learning environments in our schools. We have engaged our staff, parents and community members in this process, asking for their ideas and input as we review various options.

    What we’ve learned:

    • Most of our buildings are over 50 years old; most are not designed for today’s learning environment.
    • Teachers are using closets and other inappropriate spaces for small group work and staff offices.
    • Many buildings have traffic congestion, safety, and security concerns.
    • Many buildings have roofs, parking lots, fixtures, and equipment in need of updates and repair.
    • The cost to fix all our buildings is more expensive than the cost to build some new, consolidate and update the remaining buildings.
    • Our school locations and boundaries do not align with our student populations, causing overcrowding and segregation in some areas.

    Phase I of our facilities updates began in 2018, with additions and renovations to Castle and Richardson elementary schools. We were able to do this work using existing funds.

    Looking ahead, our facilities review also identified many other needs across the district beyond what is being addressed in Phase I.

    The Phase II proposals are designed to update facilities across the district, touching every building in some way. Key components of the Phase II proposals:

    • Add secure entrances to all schools
    • Provide all schools with modern furniture and flexible classroom spaces for independent, small and large group learning
    • Renovate and/or expand some schools

    Phase II Informational Materials


     If you have questions, please contact District 622 Communications at communications@isd622.org  

    Phase I

    At the February 27, 2018, School Board meeting, the school board passed a resolution to move forward with Phase 1 of the District 622 Facilities Master Plan, which will ultimately guide the renovation of all 622 buildings over time.

    Phase I includes plans to remodel Castle and Richardson Elementary Schools.  This decision aligns with current enrollment planning. Richardson borders two neighboring school districts as well as our own Weaver Elementary, which is experiencing significant overcrowding. Our goal is to refresh the Richardson building as we look to increase retention of our 622 students while drawing new enrollment to that school.

    Facilities updates are a viable option because 622 is currently on track to pay off previous facilities debt in the near future. With this debt forecast, we hope to eventually remodel all 622 buildings, ideally without seeking a tax increase.

    If you have questions, please contact District 622 Communications at communications@isd622.org

    Castle - Phase I - Specific Project Information

    Castle Elementary

    Castle Construction Chronicles

    Castle Informational Video Clip
    Castle Neighborhood Construction Meeting: July 31, 2018
    Castle Groundbreaking Ceremony Pictures: October 24, 2018

    Richardson - Phase I - Specific Project Information

    Richardson Elementary

    Richardson Construction Chronicles

    Richardson Informational Video Clip
    Richardson Neighborhood Construction Meeting: July 26, 2018
    Richardson Groundbreaking Ceremony Pictures: October 30, 2018