District 302 notes

By on July 1, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
Former business superintendent to coordinate construction
Tom Runty, former District Assistant Superintendent for Business, has been hired as a construction coordinator for the 2009-10 school year to monitor progress on the three ongoing building projects: the Harter Middle School construction, the old middle school renovation, and an addition to Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Runty will be hired on an hourly basis at $50 per hour, not to exceed 500 hours. Runty will be the liaison between the architect, construction managers and the District.

School Board approves plans for Esker Drive extension
The School Board on June 15 approved plans for the Esker Drive extension at the Harter Middle School site. Engineering Enterprises, Inc. has estimated the cost at approximately $1.5 million.

The extension will allow traffic to travel south on Esker Drive through to Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove, providing another entrance to the school in addition to the Harter Road entrance.

The project will be put out to bid.

School District receives donations
The Kaneland School Board accepted the following donations on June 15:
• $750 from an Educational Alliance Grant to Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School for math and science education
• $6,000 from the Kaneland McDole Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to purchase technology and school improvement
• Used weight-training equipment from XSport Fitness with an approximate value of $4,000 for the Kaneland Middle School on Meredith Road.
• $1,496 from Spring Bluff Nursery, Inc. for Kaneland John Shields Elementary School grounds beautification
• $800 from the Kaneland John Shields PTO to the John Shields Learning Resource Center for the Book Chat project in conjunction with the Rebecca Caudill Award.