CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign school board will have a special meeting tonight and may vote on school improvements that would use money from a working cash bond issue.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.
The school board may approve a $9.6 million contract with Control Technology Solutions to install new geothermal systems and windows at Franklin and Jefferson Middle Schools, as well as new lighting systems at those schools, as well as Edison Middle School and Central High School.
Those improvements will be made using about $9,004,000 from working cash bonds.
The contract would also include new window air conditioners for Edison Middle School, but those will be paid for with money from the school facilities sales tax. That project will cost about $597,000.
The school board approved Control Technology Solutions as its energy performance contractor in January.
The school board's agenda for tonight's meeting indicates that several of the projects can be completed this summer, including the window air conditioners at Edison and the geothermal system and new windows at Jefferson. The wells for Franklin's geothermal system may be dug this fall, which means its geothermal system and installation of new windows would happen next summer.
The working cash bond issue has been controversial recently.
More than 2,300 residents signed petitions asking the school board to put the bond issue on the November ballot, but many school board members maintain that while it's a tough decision to issue the bonds, it's best for the school district's students.
The school board voted in February to issue up to $14.5 million in working cash bonds; if it issues that much, it would raise property taxes about $25 for the owner of a $150,000 house.