Danville board to consider window replacement at high school

DANVILLE — The Danville school district could kick off a project to replace the windows at the high school.

School board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to pay Schmidt Associates, Inc. $15,000 plus mileage and printing fees to provide architectural drawings and bid specifications for the project, which could begin next summer.

The Danville School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m on Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville. A copy of the agenda is available online at http://bit.ly/OXtlD7.

"The high school is so big. We would have to replace the windows over a period of time to ease both the expense as well as the disruption and cleanup of the building," Superintendent Mark Denman said.

The project calls for demolishing and replacing the exterior windows on the school's west facade, along North Jackson Street, except for a curtainwall system on the northwest side of the building that already has been replaced. The work is estimated between $300,000 to $500,000.

Denman said the window replacement is recommended in the district's health life safety plan.

Also at the meeting, board members will hold a public hearing on a proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year and then vote on whether to adopt it.

The proposed spending plan, which has been on display at the Jackson Building, would spend about $66.1 million, and bring in about $63.67 million in revenue. The district would cover the projected $2.43 million deficit with reserve funds.

The education fund — which pays for most salaries and day-to-day expenses — would spend about $50.16 million and generate about $49.87 million in revenue, leaving a $292,798 shortfall.

"Like other public school districts, we're seeing a decrease in general state aid and ... a loss in federal (jobs bill) funding," Denman said. "We're also anticipating a 5.9 percent reduction in (equalized assessed valuation of property) in the district, which will be a loss of more than $900,000 in property taxes. That's why we must continue to be cautious with our expenses."

To prepare for the loss, the district cut about $635,000 from the budget earlier this year by eliminating more than a dozen positions through attrition as well as textbook, supplies and other expenses.

In other business, the board will vote on whether to buy property at 815 N. Hazel St. west of the high school campus.

The district has been buying lots in that area as they have become available. There are no immediate plans, but the district hopes to partner with the city in the future to improve parking and traffic flow in front of the high school when funds are available.

The property, owned by longtime owner April Long, is next to a lot at 813 N. Hazel St., which the board agreed to purchase for $19,957 earlier this month. As with that lot, the house at 815 N. Hazel St., is currently occupied, Denman said.

In August, the board agreed to pay the city of Danville $20,000 for the deed to lots at 805, 807 and 811 N. Hazel St., which has two vacant houses on them. The city bought those lots for $30,000. The district agreed to pay the city half that price plus $5,000 toward the cost of demolishing the houses.

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