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|ROWVA School Buildings Leave Much to Discuss
|The ROWVA School Board and the public have some tough decisions to make about the district's buildings.
District 208 has been working with the Peoria-based Farnsworth Group, an architectural firm hired by the school board to do a facilities study on the three elementary schools in Altona, Wataga and Oneida. ROWVA Superintendent Lloyd Little says officials toured facilities across the district, and the biggest concerns were associated with the elementary buildings.
The Farnsworth Group presented a preliminary review of the study last month and a final review at Monday night's school board meeting. Little tells WGIL there are basically two alternatives for addressing the buildings, and neither is cheap.
"To bring everything up to code, bring them up to (handicapped) accessibility, address all of our issues, whether it be the envelopes, the roofs, the heating systems, it would take about $8.2 million," Little said. "Our other alternative, of course, is to build a new facility to replace those three buildings for a little over $6 million. And, of course, there's always additional costs whenever you build a building."
Little says one of the buildings was built in 1915 and the other two in the 1930s, and the age of the facilities creates its own set of problems. The board will have to determine whether to continue making repairs to the old buildings or construct a new facility. Where to build a new school and which one to tear down are other issues that could come into play. Little says gathering input from the community will be a big part of the process.
|02 16 10 by Newsroom
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