Danville school board to vote on buying more property

Danville school board to vote on buying more property

DANVILLE — The school district could acquire another piece of property around the high school soon.

Danville school board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to purchase a building at 221 E. Fairchild St. from the Greater Christ Apostolic Church for $41,000.

The yellow one-story building, at the corner of Fairchild and Washington streets, sits across Fairchild Street from the high school. The district has been purchasing property near the campus over the past few years with future plans to expand parking and make other improvements.

Also at the meeting, Ron Henton, the district's buildings and grounds director, will present a preliminary list of building projects that are planned for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

They include replace all plumbing fixtures, excavating and replacing sewage piping for the kitchen and stabilizing interior masonry that has pulled away from exterior at Cannon Elementary School, and replacing all plumbing fixtures, repaving the drive and parking area and relocating water coolers and installing a sewage ejector system at Edison Elementary School.

Projects also include repaving the drive and parking area, repairing steam piping as required and providing additional structural support over window openings at Garfield Elementary School, and building a masonry pedestrian ramp near the Circle Drive entrance, removing trip hazards and repairing stair treads throughout the building and upgrading the locker room at the high school.

Most are required items in the district's 10-year health/life safety plan, meaning the district has until 2015 to address them. Officials said the total estimated project cost and architectural fees is around $550,000, and the money is included in this year's budget.

The health/life safety plan also calls for replacing the existing windows at the high school with energy-efficient ones over a period of years. Replacing those on the building's west side is roughly estimated at $628,000.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district is applying for a $250,000 state grant to help foot the expense. The work would be contingent upon receiving the money, and the district would spread the cost over two fiscal years.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

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