The Illinois School Building Code requires school districts to survey their buildings every ten years to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and others.
District 15′s architect completed site visits last summer and submitted a safety survey report to District 15 administrators. This report was presented to the Board at their regular meeting in December.
Most importantly, Urgent issues require prompt correction to ensure a safe environment for our students. Urgent items present an “immediate hazard to the safety of students.”
The following table shows a summary of safety items by school. Click on the school name for a list of the Top 10 Urgent Safety Items.
|Conyers Learning Academy||3,232,300||4,114,700||2,164,300||9,511,300||10,937,995|
|Stuart R. Paddock||1,159,450||3,660,650||1,262,400||6,082,500||6,994,875|
|Gray M. Sanborn||712,200||6,045,000||1,549,100||8,306,300||9,552,245|
|Frank C. Whiteley||638,300||4,292,100||3,762,700||8,693,100||9,997,065|
|Plum Grove JH||1,516,300||8,398,600||1,407,200||11,322,100||13,020,415|
|Carl Sandburg JH||1,157,700||4,212,100||659,100||6,028,900||6,933,235|
|Walter R. Sundling JH||829,700||7,471,400||1,887,600||10,188,700||11,717,005|
Note: The final total above includes 7.5% A&E (architectural and engineering) fees and 7.5% contingency.
1. When will District 15 correct Urgent safety problems?
According to the Illinois School Building Code, Urgent items “present an immediate hazard to the safety of students,” and are required to be corrected “as soon as achievable to ensure the safety of the students, but in no case more than one year after approval….”
Although our architects completed the site visits last summer, District 15′s Administration still has not brought forward a proposal to correct immediate hazards. We are now at risk of missing the summer 2015 construction season resulting in a full year delay until summer 2016. Correction of other Urgent issues not requiring a summer shutdown should be started now.
There is nothing more important than providing a safe environment for our students. A plan including target completion dates is needed now for all Urgent items.
2. Are the priorities correct?
The answer unfortunately is No and the Board is in the dark about how many are Urgent. The original list presented to the Board in December had 710 items marked as Urgent. When asked about this at the December board meeting it became clear that many items were marked as Urgent although there was no immediate safety hazard.
In a December 19th note to the Board, Superintendent Thompson characterized the report as a draft and stated our architect is adjusting priorities. It is unknown when the Board will receive a corrected report.
3. Are the cost estimates accurate?
The answer to this question is also No. Most estimates are highly inflated and unreliable. There are numerous examples of inflated estimates based on a spot check of the report. It is unknown when a revised report with accurate estimates will be provided to the Board.
Community members will be able to ask questions and provide feedback at Community Communication Forums that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the dates shown below at each of the District’s four junior highs.
District 15 administrators will share more detailed study results that pertain to the specific schools served within each of those geographic areas.
|Date||Site||Elementary Schools to be included|
|Thursday, January 8||Carl Sandburg Junior High||Central Road, Kimball Hill, Thomas Jefferson, and John G. Conyers Learning Academy|
|Thursday, January 15||Walter R. Sundling Junior High||Marion Jordan, Lincoln, Stuart R. Paddock, and Gray M. Sanborn|
|Thursday, January 29||Winston Campus Junior High||Jane Addams, Lake Louise, Virginia Lake, and Winston Campus Elementary|
|Thursday, February 5||Plum Grove Junior High||Hunting Ridge, Pleasant Hill, Frank C. Whiteley, and Willow Bend|