Friday, May 3, 2013
"Some type of memorial" will be put in place at the Coultrap site, another meeting with neighbors will be scheduled and the Fourth Street administrative facilities will take on the Coultrap name. The cost of demolition is $545,900.
The historic Coultrap building will fall sometime in August, and School District 304 will pay Alpine Deomolition $545,900 to do it. The School District will pay another $140,200 for asbestos abatement at the school. Those were two of the action items of the April 22 board meeting. The board also determined that it would rename—or "rededicate" the Fourth Street centraol office as the "Coultrap Educational Services Center" in memory of Harry Coultrap, the educator that played such an important role in the development of Geneva schools and its "tradition of excellence." School Board President Mark Grosso said he would ask for assistance in creating "some sort of memorial" at the Coultrap facility site and asked that staff set up another …
Friday, April 19, 2013
In the wake of the Coultrap Building demolition, School District 304 aiming to rededicate its administrative offices after the esteemed local educator.
The item on Monday's Geneva School Board agenda says it all: With the pending demolition of the Coultrap facility that once was Geneva's high school, later its middle school and a grade school, School District 304 apparently wants to make sure the Coultrap name is preserved and honored in a facility of standing bricks and mortar. As Kelly Nowak wrote in a history column on Geneva Patch, Harry Mansfield Coultrap arrived in Geneva in 1912 and became one of Geneva's early, if not first, superintendent of schools. Three elementary schools were constructed during his tenure, between 1916 and 1929: on Fourth Street, Sixth Street and Harrison Street. A "modern" high school building was constructed on Peyton Street in 1923, which is the building …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Auction items include student desks and chairs, adult desks, coat racks removed from the walls, historical glass doors from the original building, tables, and other items salvaged from the building.
Monday, April 15
Area school districts and the general public are invited to an auction of items remaining at the Coultrap facility on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Auction items include student desks and chairs, adult desks, coat racks removed from the walls, historical glass doors from the original building, tables, and other items salvaged from the building. Money raised will be used by School District 304 to defray the cost of the facility’s demolition later this year. The silent auction will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21. The Coultrap building is located at 1113 Peyton Street, Geneva. Please use the Lincoln Avenue entrance. District staff will contact the winners of the …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Auction items include desks, chairs, coat racks removed from the walls, historical glass doors from the original building, tables, and other items salvaged from the building.
Members of the Geneva community are invited to participate in a community auction at the Coultrap facility in preparation for the building’s demolition later this year. Auction items include desks, chairs, coat racks removed from the walls, historical glass doors from the original building, tables, and other items salvaged from the building. Money raised will be used by the District to defray the cost of the facility’s demolition. The silent auction will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 14. The Coultrap building is located at 1113 Peyton Street, Geneva. Please use the Lincoln Avenue entrance. District staff will contact the winners of the items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
In the wake of a decision to demolish the Coultrap facility, Geneva School District 304 announces a change of venue.
If you vote to demolish a building because it's out of date and unsafe, it's probably not a good idea to hold School Board meetings there. The Geneva School District 304 Board of Education voted 7-0 Monday, Jan. 28, to demolish the Coultrap facility, where regular board meetings and Finance Committee meetings routinely were held in a room that at one time was the school's cafeteria. District 304 announced Jan. 30 that the new venue would be Williamsburg Elementary School, 1812 Williamsburg Ave. Board meetings generally are held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays each month. The next board meeting, and the first at Wiliamsburg Elementary, is scheduled for Feb. 11. You can see meeting schedules and agendas by visiting the BoardBook …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the facility that's being considered for demolition.
The Board of Education has scheduled a community forum on Monday, Jan. 14, to provide updated information and to receive further input on the future of the Coultrap facility on Peyton Street prior to making a decision later this month. In May, district officials presented board members with four options for the Coultrap facility, which has not been used as a school since the 2008-09 school year. Three options would relocate the district’s administrative offices on Fourth Street to this facility and would require major repairs/renovations to exterior walls, plumbing and electrical systems with costs ranging from $2.317 million to $4.277 milliion. These three options would then have an impact on the future of the Fourth Street building. The …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Kindergarten class sizes are getting larger at Williamsburg Elementary and the board will consider options to solve the problem at a special meeting tonight at 7 p.m.
A special meeting of the Board of Education is tonight at 7 p.m. at Coultrap, 1113 Peyton St. to address issues of kindergarten class sizes at Williamsburg Elementary School and possible bussing to other schools. Parents received a letter dated June 26 from District 304 that enrollment numbers are at 25 and 26 students for kindergarten class sections. The board will consider whether to bus some of those students to either Western Avenue Elementary School or Heartland Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year. Other considerations the board will discuss to solve the overcrowding problem are to add an instructional aide at Williamsburg, reassign students to Western or Heartland, or add an additional class section to Williamsburg.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Coultrap and Fourth Street properties are being held back as the Board of Education debates their future.
Editor's note: This is the eighth of a multipart summer series by Tara Knott and Garrett Lance looking at the iconic Geneva buildings for sale or facing future moves, and what those moves mean for Geneva's long-term development. See the series intro here. The "Back to School" displays at Target and Wal-Mart already are swarming with students on the hunt for the perfect Glee-themed notebook and confused moms trying to figure out exactly what O-Glue is. And it seems this school supply rush gets earlier and earlier every year as District 304 continues to expand. Two new elementary schools—Williamsburg and Fabyan—have opened in the past three years. But the district's massive growth has left two of its historic schools in the dust—namely …