District 158 awards bids for Lester Crawl construction, approves school lunch contract for next year

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Lester Crawl
A display board at the groundbreaking at Lester Crawl showed a rendering of the new building designed by JMA Architects. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
BY JIM MASTERS

LANSING, Ill. (June 20, 2021) – The District 158 Board of Education awarded $10.7 million in bids at its June 16 meeting for construction of the Lester Crawl Primary Center.

The bids covered a variety of work, including paving, earthwork, windows, flooring, plumbing, ceilings, roofing, painting, heating, and electrical.

Located at 18300 Green Bay Road, just across the lawn from Thornton Fractional South High School, the Lester Crawl Primary Center will give three- and four-year-olds a head start as they enter primary grades.

The primary center will be built on the site of an older maintenance structure, which will be torn down and be replaced by a new facility going up at Green Bay and Illinois Street.

Initially, the primary center will accommodate 120 students, and will essentially double in capacity as the facility is expanded over the next two years. Once the $14 million project is completed, it will be one of the largest early childhood education centers in the state of Illinois, according to Dr. Nathan Schilling, Superintendent of Schools.

School lunch contract approved

The board renewed it food service contract with A’viands.

Schilling said District 158 initially contracted with A’viands two years ago to run the new open kitchen at Coolidge Elementary.

“They have done an outstanding job during the pandemic, providing grab-and-go meals and home delivery of food service to support our Lansing families,” he said.

Prices for 2021-2022 are $2.51 for lunch, $1.52 for breakfast and 72 cents for snacks, which represents a 3.9% increase for all meals. Schilling explained that the increase is based on the Food Away from Home December Consumer Price Index of 3.9%, which is the standard percent increase used for determining new food service rates.

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