New Elementary School designed to make learning more flexible
May Whitney, New Elementary School
May Whitney, one of the oldest structures in Lake Zurich, was originally constructed in 1929 as a high school with the large two-story brick masonry building that is still used today and served that purpose until Lake Zurich High School opened in 1974.
It served as a middle school from 1975 to 2004 and is currently being used as an elementary school.
As with many older facilities, the building was requiring annual maintenance and replacements of building systems along with asbestos abatement and functional challenges. The second floor of the old high school area and the basement locker rooms are unhabitable and currently being used for storage. The time had come to invest significant dollars in an existing older building or replace with a new elementary school and the community opted for the latter via a referendum ballot decision in 2018.
The new May Whitney Elementary school is a 5-section school serving Pre k-5th grade. The building has the potential to house 910 students and is approximately 119,000 square feet.