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|Monmouth-Roseville Buildings Analyzed Ahead of Possible Closures
|There weren't expected to be any decisions made Monday night, but the Monmouth-Roseville School Board has learned that in order to essentially keep operating any of the district's buildings, it's going to cost a lot of money.
The District-238 board Monday was presented with an engineering study of each of five district buildings -- all the elementary schools, Central Early Childhood Center, and Lincoln Intermediate School, to identify classroom capacity and costs for maintenance, remodeling, and improvements in each of the buildings.
Dan Mount of Coal Valley-based IEFM Consulting Engineers and has worked with other area school districts, like Abingdon and Mercer County, as well as Knox College, and says in order to keep everything the way it is now, it's going to take a lot of money.
"In the first one to five years, those costs range from about $650,000 at Willits Primary School, to $2.4 million at the Central Early Childhood Center," Mount said. "In the five- to ten-year period, costs ranged from $960,000 at Harding Primary, to about $2.4 million at Central Early Childhood Center."
Mount says all the district's buildings are maintained very well -- so much so that most equipment has long outlived its useful life -- but he says the question is, how long can that continue?
The study was commissioned as the district looks at ways to quell a six-figure budget deficit, and were hoping the study would help select a facility that might be more likely to close than another.
The Monmouth-Roseville School Board holds its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. In the meantime, a deficit reduction committee will be starting its work this week to figure out what to recommend.
(Members of the Monmouth-Roseville School Board and Superintendent Paul Woehlke watch a presentation on the district's buildings given Monday.)
(Dan Mount, right, of Coal Valley-based IEFM Consulting Engineers presents an architectural and engineering study of Monmouth-Roseville schools Monday night, while District Architect Mark Miller watches. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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