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Hillside, IL  – West40 Intermediate Service Center #2 is excited to announce its purchase of St. Joseph High School in Westchester in its plan to produce a state-of-the-art learning facility campus and be a good community neighbor.

The legacy-rich high school, which permanently closed in 2021, is the ideal choice for West40 to serve students, build strong community connections, and support Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s commitment to providing education services to youth-in-need. Westchester is also one of the communities in the region served by West40.

“It’s so exciting to be part of a spotlight program that will change the trajectory of how we serve the most vulnerable youth,” said West40 Executive Director Dr. Mark Klaisner. “We look forward to the opportunity to be a model for the state and possibly the country.”

Renovations of the school’s buildings have started and are expected to continue through most of 2024. Early construction includes roof repair, window replacement, and asbestos abatement.

The school could be up-and-running as early as March 2024. The renovation and future operating costs will be fully state-funded.

West40 foresees the possibility of allowing the Westchester Park District and general public to use the campus facilities for theater performances, music events, and sporting activities.

For more than 25 years, West40 has operated student programs in West Cook County using differentiated interventions and wrap-around support for students and their families.

West40 plans to hold a Town Hall regarding its plans for St. Joseph in the weeks ahead. More details will be released at a later date.

About West40

West40 is an Intermediate Service Center based in Hillside that serves 38 school districts and three co-ops in West Cook County by advocating for students, providing a safe school and a remote school, and offering professional learning, licensure and school compliance services.

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