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District 171 Board discusses upcoming capital projects

LANSING, Ill. (March 2, 2024) – Sunnybrook School District 171 held its February board meeting on Monday, February 26. The board discussed upcoming capital projects and approved several motions including the bid for Nathan Hale Elementary’s lights and ceiling project.

Upcoming facility projects

The board was presented with documentation on the pending facility projects and a timeline of completion by the Chief School Business Official, David Shrader.

The front entrance of Heritage Middle School will be remodeled to make it more secure. The new security entrance will be reconstructed to make the lobby area separate from the inside of the building like the entrance at Nathan Hale. Shrader said the bid for this project is expected to open in the next few weeks.

Shrader mentioned a track being built at Heritage Middle School and remodeling the nurses’ office at the school as well.

“We will get more details on that, but these are capital projects that are coming down the road this summer, next summer and beyond,” Shrader said.

The upcoming projects are estimated to cost the district around 7 million dollars.

Robert Lewis from PMA Securities, LLC discussed the financial aspects, including the best ways to pay for the projects, how to stay within budget, and how this will affect taxpayers in the district.

Approved motions

The 2024 Nathan Hale Elementary lights and ceiling project was awarded to CMM Group, Inc. for $1,577,438.00. Also, the Nathan Hale art room will be getting $10,830.05 worth of new furniture from KI.

Sunnybrook School District 171 accepted a library grant for $850, a milk contract with Prairies Farms for the 2024-2025 school year, and a partnership with American Lawn for the 2024 Summer lawn mowing and fertilization at all district schools.

Other agenda items:

  • The FY 2023 audit was presented by Nick Cavaliere from Baker Tilly US, LLP.
  • Sunnybrook School District 171 was not approved for the property tax relief grant this year.
  • 5Essential survey is open for parents to fill out. The link to the survey is located at sd171.org.
  • The Lansing area spelling bee will take place at Coolidge Elementary School on March 14 at 6 p.m. Heritage will choose two 5th-grade students to represent the school at the spelling bee.

More information about Sunnybrook School District 171 is available at www.sd171.org. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Monday of the month.

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Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.