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DeKalb (Ill.) district will acquire university building and convert it to an elementary school

March 17, 2023
The facility that housed Northern Illinois University's School of Nursing will open as an elementary campus in 2025.

The DeKalb (Ill.) school board has approved a $31.8 million plan to convert a Northern Illinois University building to an elementary school.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports that the $1.86 million lease-to-purchase plan for the university’s School of Nursing building will renovate the space into a three-section elementary school that would open for the 2025-26 academic year. Costs to renovate the building will total about $28.5 million.

"This is a tremendous outcome for our students and families who live in DeKalb's north corridor and for our community as a whole," DeKalb superintendent Minerva Garcia-Sanchez said.

Other building options the board had been considering were to acquire land and build an elementary school for $38 million, or acquire the Northern Illinois facility, demolish it, and build an elementary school there for $31.5 million.

The 9.1-acre university property consists of a single-story, 24,000-square-foot structure that Northern Illinois had decided was surplus real estate.

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