The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 20, 2013

School board to consider intercom bids

BY CAROL ROEHM
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The Danville District 118 school board on Wednesday will decide whether to reject three bids that were received to upgrade the intercom systems for Kenneth D. Bailey Academy as well as areas of North Ridge and South View middle schools.

After looking at the intercom systems more closely, the district’s IT department suggested a more economical way to digitally upgrade the intercom systems by going through the district’s server, saving the district money.

The bids ranged from $60,389 to $93,842.

“We can take care of this ourselves through our existing technology,” Superintendent Mark Denman said.

“We already have the technology in place at a much lower cost,” he said.

Also on Wednesday, the school board will:

The Rising Star program has been implemented already at four schools in the district, including Meade Park Elementary School.

Some of the goals of the program is establishing Professional Learning Communities in which teachers meet, collaborate and share data on students; communicating to stakeholders; and implementing Common Core Standards.

“The grant would cover work that would be done over the summer,” Denman said.

If the grant is awarded, it would cover part of the $129,740 in proposed improvements to Garfield Elementary School, including installing ventilation for the school’s kitchen, replacing plumbing fixtures in all of the school’s restrooms, painting the interior of the school and replacing asphalt/concrete in the driveways and parking lots.

Coming up

District 118 school board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.