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New high school facility in Carthage coming to fruition


Students at Illini West High School are learning in cramped classrooms, the building is deteriorating, and administrators say it's affecting the way students learn.

Now, the Illini West School District is proposing a new facility to better accommodate the student population. 

The problem started six years ago when Carthage, La Harpe, and Dallas City schools converged to make one high school.

Principal Brad Gooding said there are many examples of just how overcrowded the school is right now. 

That's not the only problem though. 

The hallways have no heat, there are wires hanging from walls, and more and more students are packed into classrooms.

"Our classrooms are cramped with the tight budget from the state of Illinois we have cut back in some areas in our curriculum and that forces more kids into classrooms," said Principal Brad Gooding. 

Gooding said the school has even had to bring in mobile classrooms because the school has about 100 more students than it was built for originally.

But a major problem Gooding said that directly affects learning is technology.

"Technology seems to be an issue on a daily basis. With this older building technology has been added throughout the years by different people so somedays technology works and some and some days it doesn't," said Gooding.

School officials have proposed a new $27 million facility that would be built near the building they currently rent from the elementary district.

The project relies on the state of Illinois contributing through capital investment funding.

"The state will pay 68% of approximately of the new facility and the district would be left with approximately 32% of the new facility," Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson. 

And that 32% would come from a proposed property tax increase that will be on November's ballot.

But officials said building a new school is not only something they want, but desperately need.

"A new building would allow us to be more efficient in what we do in education," said Gooding.

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