District Urged to Make Decision on Silas Willard Elementary School

205logobwThe Galesburg School District may be forced to make a new recommendation on what to do about the aging Silas Willard Elementary School sooner rather than later.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations David Black told the school board’s Building Committee yesterday that the architects have asked to have a meeting April ninth on what to do about the building. While it was initially decided to build a new school, cost concerns and those related to the Americans with Disabilities Act were raised, and the plan was all but put on hold.

But Black says the Illinois State Board of Education is essentially pushing for a new decision now.

“The ISBE said that because we’ve gone through the Life Safety process, and we know what the issues are, because we’ve delayed it a year already, if we don’t do something — start some kind of project — that we will have to immediately start work on the $7 million in improvements — not improvements, repairs — to the existing structure,” Black said.

Committee member Mike Panther said he would prefer to put off on a decision, because he says it’s being made too quickly and without public input.

The District-205 board could make its final decision later in April.

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