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October 4, 2013

District looks to make upgrades

DANVILLE — District 118 school board members will mull over a list Wednesday of proposed facility updates and projects for the 2013-2014 school year.

Superintendent Mark Denman said considering the ages of some of the buildings in the district, it is important to keep them maintained.

Now that the South View and North Ridge middle school renovations are done and the work at East Park Elementary School is almost finished, Denman said it is time for the district to focus on its other properties.

The district has 12 school buildings, an administration building, an annex, a warehouse, several storage buildings, parking lots, athletic fields and vacant lots that have been purchased for future use. Some of the school buildings are more than 80 years old, with Garfield School being more than 100 years old.

“I think it’s important to allot a certain amount of the budget for upkeep,” Denman said. “We’re looking to use funds that are available in the budget for this work. The district has the money in its budget.”

Many of the recommended upgrades on the list — estimated to cost a total of $550,000 when $50,000-$60,000 in architectural fees are included — are considered required health, life and safety work that needs to be completed between 2011 and 2015.

Also listed separately is the removal and installation of new windows on the west side of Danville High School, which also is considered required health, life and safety work, at an estimated cost of $628,000. Eventually all of the windows at the high school will be replaced, but it could take several years.

According to Denman, the windows at the high school were last replaced in 1969-1971 and are not energy efficient.

He said the district will apply for a $250,000 energy efficiency grant from the state to help offset the cost of the window replacement work at the high school. If the grant is awarded, the district’s portion of the project cost would be divided between the 2014 and 2015 budget years.

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