After two failed attempts to replace the Jefferson Early Childhood Center, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are taking plans for a new building off the table and studying scaled-back alternatives.
The school board’s finance committee last week began discussing the future of Jefferson, an aging and undersized building that houses the district’s youngest learners, two-thirds of whom have special needs.
A “base option” before the committee would only fix Jefferson’s infrastructure at an estimated cost of $5.3 million. But district officials are questioning that kind of investment in a building that also faces other lingering issues.
So the committee will spend the next several months vetting several scenarios and giving updates on its progress at meetings of the full board.
The district is going back to the…