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Sycamore School District 427 to review trail agreement with Park District

IDOT grant would fund part of $800K project

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Members of the Sycamore School District 427 Board will hear details Tuesday night about an agreement the board is considering with the Sycamore Park District that involves a trail through the Sycamore Middle School grounds.[]

SYCAMORE – Members of the Sycamore School District 427 Board will hear details about an agreement it’s considering with the Sycamore Park District that involves a trail through Sycamore Middle School grounds during its meeting Tuesday night.

The trail is part of a larger park district project, called Action 2020, which includes trail connections, a community center and a dog park among other developments.

The district board’s agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Ave. in Sycamore, lists approval of the maintenance agreement for the “walkway” as an action item.

District 427 officials could not be reached Monday for more information on the agenda item.

The path past the middle school is one of two trails the Park District has planned that will connect to the larger trail network, and the project will partially be funded by an Illinois Department of Transportation grant.

Officials previously told the Daily Chronicle they hoped the trail, connecting Route 23 near the school to the Brickville Road parking area, would provide students with a safer path to the middle school.

The connection will cost $790,750, with the district contributing 20 percent, or $158,150. IDOT provided a $632,600 grant.

A Sycamore High School student will also attend the meeting to give the board an update on student government, and Superintendent Kathy Countryman will brief the board on the district’s progress on its strategic design, according to the agenda.