Skinner West Elementary School annex opens
May 3, 2019

Officials cut the ribbon signaling the opening of the new annex at Skinner West Elementary School.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett of the 27th Ward, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon recently on the 36,000-square-foot annex at Skinner West Elementary School. The four-story annex, located at 1260 W. Adams St., has 22 classrooms, including an art room, computer room, and science lab, as well as a multi-purpose room that can accommodate up to 120 students for lunch.

“Skinner students are working hard to live up to their promise and potential, and this new annex will help ensure they are earning the first-rate education they deserve,” said Emanuel. “Expectations are high for Chicago students, and they deserve the space and facilities they need to succeed.”

“An investment in our children is an investment in the future of Chicago, and the state-of-the-art annex at Skinner will pay off in dividends for generations to come,” said Burnett. “Together with the mayor and our community, I am proud to bring our students the facilities they need to continue concentrating on their studies.”

The Public Building Commission constructed the annex to relieve overcrowding at the school. The addition also includes a new elevator and air conditioning as well as renovations to the existing building and landscape.

The project came in under budget at $16.6 million. The CPS had originally budgeted $20 million. Funds came from the CPS Capital Improvement Fund. No Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds were involved.

The City of Chicago has committed to broad investment in capital projects at schools across the city. Investments with CPS have included new schools and annexes, playgrounds and air conditioning, improvements and access to technology, new computers and expanded bandwidth, expanded academic programs, and core facilities investments.