• At its June 11th meeting, the Board of Education and administration of Chicago Heights School District 170 announced the approval of bids for work aimed at the completion of the district’s new state-of-the-art middle school.

    The new school, scheduled to be finished in time for the opening of the 2020-21 school year, will be located in Bloom Plaza and is projected to accommodate more than 900 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students in a pod-centric educational setting specifically designed to enhance the learning environment and maximize the students' educational experience.

    Beyond regular classroom space, the facility also will provide areas for athletic, music, performance, and various elective and vocational educational activities. The 21st Century learning environment will reflect the modern work experience providing students with an atmosphere of collaborative learning that stresses relationships and teamwork.

    "We are most pleased to have approved the final bids for construction that now allow us to pursue our dream of providing the students of District 170 and the citizens of our service community a middle school that will be one of the country’s finest,” said CHSD170 Superintendent Tom Amadio.

    "The new middle school is designed with the purpose of rethinking, reimagining, and rebuilding the school environment and providing our students with a facility that will enhance their ability to solve problems and work effectively in the workplaces of the modern world."