The project also includes installing a new roof, replacing the sidewalks around the school, grading the land around the building, replacing drainage pipes and making them larger in the courtyards, replacing the fixtures and repairing the restrooms, removing the lockers, creating two new classrooms in a commons area that might be used as a computer lab and paving the school’s parking lot as well as the road around the school that connects to Colfax Street.
Henton said preliminary work would start over winter break and the renovations could be substantially completed by mid-August 2013.
“We’re looking forward to the East Park renovations,” Denman said.
DACC officials look forward to expanding opportunities in the northern part of its district when a satellite campus opens later this year in Hoopeston.
“Student success will be a major thrust at DACC this year,” DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said. “A large portion of the faculty and staff are committed to making sure students succeed.”
Helping to achieve that student success is the addition of the satellite campus in time for the fall 2013 semester at the Hoopeston Regional Health Center Business Office, 847 E. Orange St.
The new campus will have a major impact on providing access to higher education to students in the northern portion of DACC’s district.
DACC officials acknowledged there is a large number of students from the north end of DACC’s district who have limited resources and possibly haven’t pursued higher education because they don’t have reliable transportation.
College officials anticipate being able to serve more people because the satellite campus will cut down on transportation time and the expense of traveling for students.
DACC will lease the building from the Hoopeston Regional Health Center for a nominal fee. The walls between the small offices in the building will be torn down to create four large classrooms, including a computer lab and two restrooms.