by Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”The Kaneland School Board on Jan. 25 approved $3 million worth of capital projects for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, including repairs on the high school roof, paving work and a number of life-safety-related projects. The projects will be paid for with part of the money left over from the $65 million building referendum passed in February 2008.
The repairs on the roof, paving work at the high school, Kaneland John Shields and Kaneland John Stewart Elementary schools, and half of the repair and renovation life-safety projects at John Shields, John Stewart, the high school and Kaneland Middle School will be completed this summer. The remaining life safety work will be done during the next school year.
The board approved hiring Nicholas & Associates as the construction manager for the life safety projects. The cost for this service is 5.5 percent of the project cost, for a total of approximately $25,000.
Nicholas & Associates has served as the general contractor for a number of the School District’s projects, including Harter Middle School and the addition and renovation of Kaneland High School.
The administration will seek public bids on the work as soon as possible. The district is currently working with Engineering Enterprises, Inc. in preparing bids for the Esker Drive road extension project at the Harter Middle School. This project will be completed this summer, as well.
The three main projects supported by the referendum funding; Harter Middle School, Kaneland Middle School and the addition at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, are close to completion.
The board will consider a recommendation for an athletic and maintenance storage facility to be housed at Kaneland Harter Middle School. The cost of this facility is estimated at $1.1 million.