Champaign school board OKs contract for Robeson renovations

Champaign school board OKs contract for Robeson renovations

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday voted 6-0 to approve a $2.2 million contract to Johnco Construction of Mackinaw for its upcoming renovation of Robeson Elementary School.

The school will be renovated in two stages, this summer and next.

Board member Ileana Saveley was absent.

The school district is also setting a goal of doing more business with companies owned by women and minorities. For the Robeson project, the goal is that minority-owned companies will do 5 percent to 10 percent of the work, Arlene Vespa, the school district's capital projects supervisor, told the school board Monday. The goal is to have companies owned by women do 3 percent to 10 percent of the work.

That number is similar to what the state's Capital Development Board would require for a similar project, Vespa said.

The school district modified the forms the state uses and will have Johnco report what minority- and woman-owned subcontractors it's using. The school district will ask it to report on the topic several times throughout the renovation, Vespa said.

Joe Davis, the school district's interim business manager, said the school district originally budgeted the renovation's construction costs at about $2.5 million, about $300,000 more than the amount of the contract awarded Monday.

The school board Monday also approved a contract for $179,000 to Midway Contracting Group to remove asbestos at Robeson and Bottenfield Elementary. Bottenfield will also be renovated this summer.