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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT: Celebrate the start of a new chapter in the history of Blackhawk Middle School

Exterior photo of Blackhawk Middle School

Portrait of Dr. Katie McCluskeyBSD2 Families, Staff & Community Members,

Please plan to join us to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Blackhawk Middle School renovation project. 

  • BMS Groundbreaking Ceremony: 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Blackhawk Middle School, 250 S. Church Road in Bensenville. 

This exciting project will transform much of Blackhawk’s look, feel and function, and will be completed in time to welcome BMS students and staff when the 2024-2025 school year begins in August. The changes coming this summer will provide BMS students with a state-of-the-art school that aligns with the evolving needs of education: innovative classrooms, collaborative spaces, and updated facilities that will enhance their overall learning experience. 

Here are some of this project’s key improvements, identified by students, staff and administrators:

  • All new student-tested and staff-approved classroom furniture that can be easily moved and flexibly arranged to readily allow for collaborative learning. 
  • Installation of new flooring, lighting, and whiteboards in classrooms, and wall-to-wall painting that will bring a brighter, more modern, consistent and cohesive look and feel throughout the building.
  • Upgrades to classroom technology to create a wireless environment for both students and teachers.
  • Enlargement of 12 classrooms by removing six workrooms currently connected to neighboring spaces.
  • Addition of four new classrooms, and conversions of three existing classrooms into as many as nine flexibly divided small-group spaces. These flex spaces can be used for collaborative learning, interventions, and meetings, or as staff workspaces. 
  • Addition of a new fitness center adjacent to the gym, and conversion of the current fitness center space into a dedicated special education classroom with a sensory room and restroom. 
  • Remodeling of remaining outdated science rooms, expansion of the health office, and renovation of the school’s two outdoor learning courtyards.

These projects are estimated to cost around $14.9 million, and will be paid for with a combination of savings and bonds.  

Truly, this project is about so much more than bricks and mortar; it‘s about our commitment to creating an environment where our students can thrive and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the future. It’s about the BSD2 community’s collective commitment to learning and growing together. 

We look forward to you joining us for our groundbreaking ceremony on March 21, and sharing in the excitement as we begin a new chapter in the history of Blackhawk Middle School.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Katie McCluskey
Superintendent of Schools
Bensenville School District 2