by Susan Oâ€™Neill
KANELANDâ€”The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved plans for a 6,200 square-foot storage facility at the Harter Road Middle School site. The cost for the facility, which will include restrooms and a concession area for outdoor athletic events, in addition to space to house maintenance and athletic equipment, is approximately $1.2 million.
The vote was 5-1, with Board President Lisa Wiet voting no. Wietâ€™s concerns were, in part, based on the fact that the board had not been involved in the design process, and did not have a chance to evaluate the alternatives.
â€œWe went from â€˜Where am I going to store my stuff,â€™ to a $1.2 million building,â€ she said.
Other board members, however, were pleased with the plan. Deborah Grant said that other school districts are building similar facilities to service the community.
Kaneland Superintendent Charlie McCormick said the money to pay for the building is in the budget, part of excess funds not used from the referendum money due to some cost savings.
Although Wiet said that the building was not part of the original referendum package, and therefore an oversight, Grant said she thought it should be assumed that a new school would need a place to store equipment and other things.
The board approved putting the project, plus some additional parking space, out to bid.