VILLA GROVE — A full slate of improvement projects will keep Villa Grove workers busy this summer.
Among the projects Superintendent Mary Ann Manos told the board would be completed by staff and extra help:
— Repair and renovation of the elementary boys' restroom. The bathroom has a misalignment of the subterranean tiles, which has been causing odor and plumbing problems. Manos said the floor needs to be torn out to repair the tiling and plumbing. The cost: approximately $10,000.
— A crew of two students and an adult supervisor will be hired to paint the cafeteria. Manos hopes to have a more colorful and attractive decor in the cafeteria area.
— An in-house crew and one contracted electrician will install window air-conditioning units in the elementary wing of the school.
— The computer lab will also receive 14 new computers to prepare the district for the technology demands of the new PARCC testing system. "We are going back to more desktop units," Manos said.
— The elementary library will be moved to the ground floor, into the elementary wing of the school, before the beginning of next school year. "This move is long overdue," Manos said.
The district received its first payment from the newly established 1 percent sales tax in Douglas County. The payment was for a little more than $21,000 for January 2014. Manos said the district can expect more revenue from the future payments.
Revenue from the sales tax can only be used for improvements and repairs to the district buildings and grounds.