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FY13 Supplemental Capital Budget

The District has proposed a series of significant new investments to create a quality, 21st century education for children currently enrolled in 54 underutilized, under-resourced schools and programs recommended for closure, and for children at the welcoming schools that will welcome them in the fall. By consolidating these schools, CPS can focus on safely getting each child into a better performing school near their current school with all the tools they need to succeed, and better allocate limited resources across the District's 60 million square feet of building space.

The FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget addresses the time-sensitive investments needed for all new Welcoming Schools this fall, as well as other district priorities that carry a compressed timeline required to meet Fall 2013 start of school, such as Full Day Kindergarten, common core, and school co-locations. The Supplemental Capital Budget is in addition to the original FY2013 proposed budget of $109 million, which addresses the most critical infrastructure needs, including areas of health and safety, as well as key capital priorities designed to support student achievement.

The FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget was assembled as part of the district's Five-Year Capital Plan, Ten-Year Master Education Facility Plan, and Public Act 097-0474. An update to the district's Five-Year Capital Plan, as well as the FY2014 Proposed Capital Budget, will be released on or before May 1, 2013 in accordance with Public Act 097-0474 requirements.

Below is a summary of the major initiatives within the FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget.

Major Initiatives

Welcoming Building Investment

The FY13 Supplemental Capital Budget proposes spending $155 million to ease the transition and improve the educational experience for all students attending Welcoming Schools. This investment is comprised of furniture and cosmetic upgrades including floors and ceilings ($34.4 million), air conditioning ($18.7 million), libraries, computer labs ($4.6 million), building repairs ($31.1 million), food service capacity ($7.4 million), ADA accessibility ($20.0 million), and STEM expansion (description below). Once these investments are complete and with additional operating resources, every Welcoming School will have:

  • Air conditioning in every classroom
  • A library in every school with new books and digital materials
  • New or upgraded technology supports such as expanded Internet bandwidth
  • Expanded Safe Passage to provide secure routes for students on their way to and from school every day
  • iPads for students in grades 3-8 (Detail Below)
  • Security and safety supports, including alarms and entry screening equipment
  • Improved ADA accessibility
  • Upgraded interiors and cosmetic improvements such as fresh paint, new ceilings and floors

Technological Upgrades

All district Welcoming Schools will receive electronic notebooks (e.g. iPads) for students in grades 3-8. CPS has added $10 million to the FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget for this investment, included above.

Early College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Math, science and technology academies provide high quality educational options for students and establish a rigorous program of mathematics, science and technology courses that build a solid foundation for students to graduate prepared for success in college and career. Approximately $14.3 million (included above) in lab build-out and equipment is proposed to prepare 11 Welcoming Schools for the specialized Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs they will offer to incoming students beginning this fall.

International Baccalaureate Programs

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The FY13 Supplemental Budget proposes to invest $15.2 million in IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) programs, where students engage with a challenging program of study that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement. Through the IBCC program, students are well prepared to succeed at institutions of higher learning.

Full Day Kindergarten

CPS announced universal Full Day Kindergarten in February, providing 30,700 students entering CPS next fall a distinct advantage as they begin their academic careers. Approximately $13.4 million in classroom build-out is proposed to prepare nine schools for Full Day Kindergarten, with another $2.0 million set aside for kindergarten appropriate furniture throughout the district.

Common Core Learning Materials

For the first time, CPS will have common educational materials across schools aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), that will ensure access for all children to a rigorous core instructional program. This program will provide a clear picture of what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. The FY13 Supplemental Capital Budget will fund $40 million for the purchase of language and literacy materials including classroom libraries, word study, materials in Spanish, support for students with disabilities, and English Language Development. The investment will target all 265,000 students in grades K through 8.


CPS provides academic intervention for schools that are chronically underperforming. Turnaround investments deliver building upgrades that aid in the program's goal of creating an entirely new culture of success at the school, including building structural repairs, ADA accessibility, IT upgrades, and A/C in all classrooms. The FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget includes $11.0 million for six turnaround schools: Barton, Chalmers, Dewey, O'Keefe, Carter and Lewis.

Co-Location Investment

The district has announced eleven new co-locations for the fall of 2013 that will allow CPS to more efficiently use existing space to provide options to students and families and relocate students from low quality buildings. Students in co-locating buildings will benefit from a total of six new science labs, four computer labs, a new library, six additional art rooms, air conditioning, four expanded lunch rooms, and building infrastructure and IT upgrades. Nearly $51.3 million has been set aside in the FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget for investment in co-locating buildings.

Lunchroom Checkout Software (Point-of-Sale System)

The proposed CPS district-wide Point-of-Sale System is a software suite that will allow students to pay for meals using an electronic debit card, eliminating the need for students to carry cash. The software also provide students and families with online meal applications, online payment refills, access to a student's meal history, and online meal menus along with nutritional information. In addition to the community benefits, the new system provides the district with greater cash control and regulatory reporting efficiencies. The project will pay for itself as savings generated from the new Point-of-Sale system will more than cover the $8.5 million in FY13 Supplemental funds appropriated for implementation.

Sources and Uses

The Original FY2013 Capital Budget totals $109,652,391 and is funded by a combination of CPS resources, Chicago Infrastructure Trust funds and outside grants. The FY2013 Supplemental Capital Budget adds $363,676,400 in investment, with $329,776,400 funded by CPS resources and the remainder funded through TIF proceeds. Below is a summary of the Sources and Uses of the FY2013 Capital Budget by project type.

Sources FY13 Original FY13 Supplemental
Bond Proceeds $68,802,391 $329,776,400
Chicago Infrastructure Trust $39,900,000 $0
IEPA Rainwater Grant $950,000 $0
TIF Proceeds $0 $33,900,000
Total FY13 Capital Budget Sources $109,652,391 $363,676,400
Energy Performance Program $39,900,000 $0
Building Envelope Renovations $14,500,000 $0
IT, Educational Programming and Other Projects $13,716,941 $8,500,000
Early College Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Schools (ECSS) $5,150,000 $0
Facility Site Improvements $4,781,450 $0
Building Interior $3,279,000 $1,000,000
Mechanical & Electrical $3,000,000 $0
Teach To One $1,175,000 $0
Career and Technical Education $1,150,000 $0
Contingency $10,000,000 $0
Capital Project Support Services $7,400,000 $0
Welcoming School Investments $0 $155,000,000
Co-location School Investments $0 $51,260,000
Full Day Kindergarten $0 $15,373,000
International Baccalaureate High Schools $0 $15,163,400
Common Core Textbooks $0 $40,000,000
OS4 School Investments $0 $32,480,000
Turnaround School Investments $0 $11,000,000
TIF Funded Projects $0 $33,900,000
Legal/Regulatory Requirements $5,600,000 $0
Total FY13 Capital Budget Uses $109,652,391 $363,676,400

Capital Projects Funds

The Summary of Capital Projects Funds table shows FY2013 capital revenues and capital outlays (expenses) to be incurred in FY2013 regardless of the year the project was appropriated. The Fund Balance (unspent revenues received in prior years) accounts for the difference in expected FY2013 capital outlay versus revenues. For example, the district raised approximately $400 million in bond proceeds during FY2012, but only expensed roughly $346 million in the same time period. The remaining $54 million is carried in the Fund Balance for use during FY2013.

FY2011 - FY13 Summary of Capital Projects Funds (In Millions)

  FY2011 Actual FY2012 Estimate FY13 Budget
Beginning-Year Fund Balance $263.4 $182.9 $88.8
Local Revenue
State Revenue
Federal Revenue
Total Revenue 100.6 61.0 134.7
Capital Outlay 563.4 576.9 632.6
Bond Issuance 382.3 403.6 464.0
End-of-Year Fund Balance $182.9 $88.8 $54.9

Local revenue of $73.8 million is comprised of $39.9 million expected from Chicago Infrastructure Trust receipts related to the district's Energy Efficiency Program, as well as $33.9 million in TIF revenue for the NTA Field and Coonley projects.

The state revenue total is comprised of $59.9 million in anticipated Capital Development Board grants, and a $1 million Illinois EPA grant for a stormwater management program at Goethe School.

Capital Spending by Year FY2009 – FY2013

  Total Appropriations Spending by Year (Cash Paid Out) Remaining Spend
FY2009A FY2010A FY2011A FY2012E FY2013E
Prior Year/Other Expenditures   414.2 248.1 7.2 28.8 - -
FY2009 Capital Budget 757.0 0.7 309.6 339.9 26.5 10.5 -
FY2010 Capital Budget 382.1 - 2.9 99.9 162.4 116.9 -
FY2011 Capital Budget 456.0 - - 86.6 270.5 75.0 23.9
FY2012 Capital Budget 659.9 - - - 76.3 340.4 243.2
Original FY2013 Capital Budget 109.7 - - - - 47.8 21.9
Supplem. FY2013 Capital Budget 363.7 - - - - 10.0 353.7
Modern Schools Across Chicago* 446.0 233.4 131.2 29.9 12.4 32.0 7.1
Total Spend by Year   $648.3 $691.8 $563.4 $576.9 $632.6 $649.8

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This website helps users better understand CPS proposed comprehensive capital plans for Fiscal Year 2013.

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