District 60 approved for low-interest bond program
by Tina Johansson
A dozen aging schools in Waukegan District 60 are in luck. The State of Illinois has approved a Qualified School Construction Bond in the amount of $7 million which will in turn help replace some of the antiquated and disintegrated building equipment and structures.
The Waukegan district is among 29 others in the state approved for the competitive program which allows for low-interest bonds to pay for the needed projects.
A total of 19 projects have been identified in Waukegan and are scheduled to start this summer until school resumes in the fall. Work will also take place during the summers of 2017 and 2018. “This bond program is going to allow us to make much-needed improvements to our facilities, while keeping costs low with low-interest bonds,” said Dr. William Newby, an associate superintendent.
The following projects are scheduled over the next three years:
Replacing parts of the roof for the Waukegan High School Brookside campus. Galvanized piping at the Washington campus Waukegan High School will be replaced also. The heating system is scheduled for replacement at Robert Abbott Middle School, as well as galvanized piping.
Jack Benny Middle School will gain a new heating system, and replacement of associated piping as well as unit ventilators.
Clark Elementary School is to undergo asbestos abatement, and replacement of deteriorating galvanized piping throughout the building.
A new heating system is slated for Clearview Elementary School, as well as part of a new roof.
Glen Flora Elementary is to get a new heating system and replacement of galvanized piping.
The heating system at Greenwood Elementary School is set for a replacement, including boiler equipment and an air compressor.
Little Fort Elementary, is set for asbestos abatement and restoration, and replacement of piping for the hot and cold water supply throughout the building.
Lyon Magnet School will get a new heating system, air compressor, and piping. Asbestos abatement and restoration is planned at Oakdale Elementary School. Washington Elementary School will have its heating system replaced.
The heating system including galvanized piping will be replaced at Whittier Elementary School.