Evanston School District 202 give early nod to $6M capital improvements plan

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:13:59 AM. The Evanston Township High School Dist. 202 Board of Education gave preliminary approval Monday Nov. 13 to spend about $6 million on capital improvement projects at the high school in the next two years
The Evanston Township High School Dist. 202 Board of Education gave preliminary approval Monday to spend about $6 million on capital improvement projects at the high school in the next two years, but that still falls short of what is needed to properly address structural issues in the aging building, officials said. School board members was given a report during Monday's school board meeting from Chief Financial Officer Mary Rodino detailing the district's proposed capital improvement program through 2021. The plan included a comprehensive examination of the district's infrastructure needs and a financing plan to address as many of those needs as the district can afford. "We're not replacing things as quickly as they die here," Rodino told school board members. She said the biggest project by dollar amount in the 2017-2018 plan calls for a complete renovation of the of Entrance 3 at Evanston Township High School, which leads to the gym and athletic departments. Rodino explained that renovations in that space call for a new elevator and two single use washrooms on the second floor – at a cost of about $1.5 million. "It's been in discussion among the administration for a few years," Rodino said. "I think the primary reason for it was a need for security and visibility for students who are here late and on the weekends." Other building capital improvement projects slated for the 2017-2018 school year include spending $300,000 on a new pool roof, $350,000 on new windows, $250,000...Read more
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