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2020 - Prairie Trails School Renovation
(previously Early Learning Center)

During the summer and fall of 2020 the district will be completely remodeling the district's Early Learning Center.  Once completed, the building will house all of the district's Pre-school and Kindergarten students.   Interior demolition has begun, and construction is expected to be complete by March 2021. When construction is complete the building will have space for 10 Kindergarten classrooms and 4 Pre-school classrooms, space for music and art, and a "natural" playground, allowing teachers to incorporate the outdoors into their curriculum.  The name for the new school is Prairie Trails School.

A high-level schedule of expected completion dates is:

  • Abatement: July 1 – July 31st (Completed)
  • Phased Interior & Exterior Building Demolition: July 1 – August 7th (Completed)
  • Site Work (Civil): July 6th – March of 2021
  • Building Envelope improvements: August 17th –February of 2021
  • Interior Renovation Work: August 10th –February of 2021
  • Roofing: August 24th –November 30th
  • Building Occupancy:March of 2021

The renovated building will be "Net Zero Energy" building, which means that we will be generating all the electricity required to run the building by using solar panels installed on the roof, as well as other energy savings design elements.  To help pay for the renovation, the district was awarded a Net Zero Energy Grant of up to $2,000,000.

River Trails School District 26 is leading the way as a sustainable school district with the renovation of Prairie Trails School which will house all of the district's Preschool and Kindergarten students.  These sustainability features include:

  • A permeable paver parking lot
  • A natural playground
  • Solar panels for net zero energy usage
  • Passive House Institute US certification for high energy efficiency

Prairie Trails School Construction Progress - 11/17/20

Construction Photos

Press Release 10.23.2020 Prairie Trails School - A Leader in Sustainability.pdf

Early Learning Center Design Update - 07/14/20   

Press Release re: Net Zero Energy Grant


2018 - Euclid parking lot redone with Permeable Pavers


During the summer of 2018 the district replaced the parking lot and front entrance sidewalk at Euclid Elementary School.  We used "permeable pavers" which are better for the environment, reduce the impact of storm water and improve the water quality for the surrounding community. They also last approximately twice as long as asphalt paving.

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 2018 - 21st Century Classrooms 

All classrooms in 3rd-5th grade were upgraded to "21st century" classrooms. We also piloted one "21st century" kindergarten classroom at Euclid Elementary School.  This means that we replaced the outdated furniture to allow for:

  • Flexibility of furniture and space
  • Areas for collaborative learning and independent study
  • Facilitation of movement
  • Fostering of inspiration and creativity
  • Use of technology and light and bright colors

Over the summer of 2018 the district also remodeled the teacher's lounge at River Trails Middle School using the same concepts of a 21st century classroom.  This remodel provided areas for collaboration and independent work, as well as relaxation.

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 2017 - Early Learning Center added

During the summer of 2017 the district remodeled part of the Parkview building (which is attached to our district administration center) to create an Early Learning Center.  We added a front office/nurse's office, 4 classrooms and a resource room/workroom for staff.




 2017 - LED Lighting Upgrades in all school parking lots and classrooms. 

River Trails applied for an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant to help offset the costs of replacing all the exterior and most of the interior lights at all buildings with more energy-efficient LED fixtures in 2016/2017.  Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation  (ICECF) has been a instrumental partner in helping the district to continue it's goal of being a "green" school district