School Board approves upcoming work projects

By on June 23, 2014

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board at its special meeting on June 16 voted to approve upcoming projects for district schools.

The first vote pertained to paving and sealcoating parking lots for a cost of $389,264.04. The School District agreed to form a contract with Champion Paving Corporation.

There were a total of two vendors. The second of which, Meyer Paving, had a total cost of $445,121.65

School Board member Pedro Rivas asked what was looked for in a reference check. Tim Woolever, associate of Ruck Rate Architecture, explained why Champion Paving was recommended.

“Everyone we spoke to said they would hire them again,” Woolever said.

According to a report by Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, the district will pay for this project from the Operations and Maintenance Fund and Capital Projects Fund that has been allocated for the upcoming school year. She added that some money could come from the same funds from last year’s budget.

The schools that will see work projects include Kaneland High School, Harter Middle School, and John Stewart and John Shields elementary schools. Different work aspects include sealcoating, crack filling, stripping and milling.

All board members agreed to go forward with summer projects for district schools at an expected cost of $656,414.04. The estimated cost had been $700,000.

Summer work ranges from replacing a safety surface on a playground, lunch room table replacements, aforementioned lot work and roof repair. There is a savings of $25,000 because the crowning of the KHS football field is now on hold for a year or two.

Board member Peter Lopatin asked if the lunch tables that will be replaced at the elementary schools can be refurbished and resold.

“Let me check on that,” Fuchs said.

Board members Veronica Bruhl and Tony Valente were absent from the meeting.