KSS Elementary roof repairs may extend into school year

By on August 2, 2013

KANELAND—John Shields Elementary School has been under construction to repair its roof. Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business for the Kaneland School District, on Monday told the board that the repair project should be finished by the time school starts on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Fuchs cautioned that the projected date of completion could change if weather conditions slowed down the two site crews. Board member Tony Valente questioned if the repairs would extend into the school year, to which Fuchs said, “not many days.”

“They know that they need to meet that deadline,” Fuchs said. “I have not approved overtime at this point.”

Valente expressed his concern relating to how students could be affected.

“I’m disappointed that this may impact students learning at Shields,” Valente said. “It’s just unacceptable to me for it not to be finished.”

According to a report, the estimated total contract cost is $479,420. Work includes replacing plywood and insulation.

Sugar Grove Township resident Dan Nagel attended the meeting and expressed his concern afterward.

“Another $475,000 on this roof,” Nagel said. “We’re paying taxes on this … We are trying to represent the taxpayers and ask diligent questions. Why did this happen?”