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Duneland School board greenlights facilities assessment

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The Duneland School Board approved a number of building and maintenance expenses at its meeting this morning.

First, Director of Support Services Greg Lindy proposed that the Duneland School Corporation should have a facilities assessment study done. Lindy said the process involves an architect going through all the schools over the summer and giving a report intended to help with long-range planning. The report will detail what repairs are recommended throughout the schools, what projects should be priority, and provide basic costs for the projects at all nine schools, including the administration center and the service center.

The architect will present the report to the Board at a public meeting approximately 60 to 90 days after inspections are done, Lindy said. The work is estimated to cost $62,500 from Tria Architecture.

Lindy said he isn’t aware of the DSC having a similar study done, and neither is his predecessor.

Board member John Marshall said his business has done similar studies. “They are invaluable,” Marshall said. “They present kind of a blueprint going forward.”

Marshall and Vice-president Kristin Kroeger agreed the assessment should also include the wellness clinic and the Westchester Township History Museum, which DSC is also responsible for maintaining.

The Board approved Lindy to go forward with the assessment, and have those two buildings added to the original estimate.

The Board also approved some kitchen equipment upgrades for Jackson and Brummitt Elemnetary Schools not to exceed $80,000. Lindy said he and Wellness and Nutrition Manager Tammy Watkins want to move toward having each school prepare lunch and breakfast on-site. Currently, staff at Chesterton High School and Liberty Intermediate School prepare food that is then transported to other schools by truck.

The third maintenance item before the Board was improvements to the CHS back-up generator. Lindy reported the generator isn’t at end of life, but some of its wiring needs to be reconfigured for optimal performance. The reconfigured wiring can remain in place if a new generator is needed in the near future. The Board approved the work by H & T Electrical Services for $102,695.

In other business, the Board also approved the 2019/2020 holiday schedule (adjusted for the leap year) and school supply lists and reappointed Nick Tilden to the Westchester Public Library Board of Trustees.



Posted 5/8/2019




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