Board to weigh details for parking lot revamp

RANTOUL — A revamped parking lot may be in the works for Rantoul Township High School.

The RTHS school board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to consider a "fee proposal" for action on the parking lots across the street on the north side of the building.

"The fee proposal is simply a cost estimate provided by the architects," RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio said. "It gives the board more information to be able to decide if they want to move forward on a project or not."

The parking lot, which has spaces for staff and students, will be torn up this summer in conjunction with the $2.6 million geothermal project. Wells needed for the geothermal project will be placed underneath the parking lot.

With the recent news that the elevator in the east wing won't have to be replaced for at least a few more years, the district decided to go ahead with plans to work on the parking lot.

Amerio said work on the project, if it's given the go-ahead from the board, wouldn't start until either late summer or early fall.

"We're at the beginning phase of this process," Amerio said. "This is just looking at how much it would probably cost us. As far as the schedule, our goal would be to leave that somewhat flexible because we're more likely to get a lower bid than if we say, 'Oh, no, it needs to be done before school starts.' It'd be nice if it's something we could get done before school starts, but it's not necessary."

Amerio said the projected cost for the project is between $250,000 and $350,000. Money from the district's bond revenue and from Champaign County's 1 percent sales tax increase measure passed in 2011 would pay for the project.

"We need to work pretty closely with the village because there's certain ordinances that need to be followed," Amerio said. "With the wells being under there, there's certain things we can do and cannot do. There's drainage issues that need to be addressed with it. That's where a big cost of this is going to come is getting proper drainage to it."

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