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District 15 plans summer work at 3 schools

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:56 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – School District 15 is lining up its summer construction projects.

Work will take place at three of the McHenry-based district’s eight schools, totaling about $1.3 million, and should wrap up before school starts in the fall, said Mark Bertolozzi, the district’s chief financial officer.

The amount is in line with what the district has spent in previous years, he said.

New boilers will be installed at Hilltop Elementary School, 2615 W. Lincoln Road, at a cost of just under $300,000, Bertolozzi said.

The installation process requires the district to also perform asbestos abatement, which will cost an additional $31,200, he said. The total cost of the project will be about $324,000.

Partial roof replacements will be done this summer at Edgebrook Elementary School, 701 N. Green St., and Parkland Middle School, 1802 N. Ringwood Road. The cost of the work is about $937,000. 

The district doesn’t have any big projects lined up besides the maintenance work.

The school board has been saving up to eventually address the district’s aging mobile classrooms, making improvements to some of its older buildings or possibly expanding one of its buildings, school board Vice President Patrick Miller said during the budgeting process.

The board has been waiting to use the money until the state decides what it’s going to do in terms of its massive unfunded pension liability, he said.

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