Woodstock School District 200 will use less office space when a lease ends this month.
The school district will no longer rent about 5,000 square feet at 224 W. Judd St., a building directly across from the district’s administrative center which is used as an office annex.
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Board of Education decided not to renew the lease, which ends Sept. 30. The district will save about $66,000 a year as a result.
The board had considered approving a lease for less space in the same building, but took no action on that agenda item.
“I think the board felt that, with the feedback they’d gotten … it was time to vacate now,” Superintendent Mike Moan said.
About 20 staff members used office space in the annex at one time, Moan said, but most have been moved to other district buildings.
Ending the use of rented offices was one of the ideas put forth by the district’s Facilities Review Committee, which has considered ways to save money and reduce empty classroom space following consecutive years of stagnant or falling enrollment in District 200 schools.
Part of the committee’s proposal calls for discontinuing the annex lease and selling its administrative center at 227 W. Judd St. Administrative offices would relocate to other district facilities, including, possibly, Dean Street Elementary School, which could close as a regular elementary building.
Other parts of the plan include creating separate dual- and mono-language schools for elementary students.
The proposal is expected to go before the Board of Education for a vote later in the school year. District 200 is holding a community forum on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Woodstock High School, 501 W. South St.