CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Martin A. Sandoval is proud to have joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new state-of-the-art annex at Michael M. Byrne Elementary School, which will house 16 new classrooms, including a much-needed science lab and music room, a library, and a large multi-purpose room.
“Relieving overcrowding and expanding access to education is among my biggest priorities for the constituents I serve and the entire state of Illinois,” said Senator Sandoval. “That is why I sponsored the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act—effectively changing the formula used to distribute state money—to direct more funding to local schools in poorer districts.”
The additional wing at Byrne Elementary is expected to address overcrowding reported at over 35 local schools in the recent years. The main building will also undergo some renovations: The existing lunch area and library will be converted into to classrooms, and the fire alarm system will be updated to meet current standards. Additionally, exterior modular units will be removed and an artificial play field will be installed—providing students with the extra space and facilities need to obtain a 21st century education.
Senator Sandoval remains committed to working with elected officials and community members to continue to expand access to adequate education regardless of any child’s socioeconomic status.