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|District 205 Board Rejects $37 Million in Life Safety Work
|The Galesburg School District could be forced to do the work anyway by the state -- but for now, $38 million in work the district has had identified as life-safety repairs has been rejected by the school board.
The District-205 Board Monday night voted four to three against the work -- which includes repairs to Silas Willard, Lombard, Steele, and Galesburg High Schools including plumbing, electrical, and other work, but also included things like two-million dollars in repairs to the bleachers at Van Dyke Field.
Most of the work would be paid for with bonds that could be repaid with the district's proceeds from a proposed one-percent sales tax increase -- or, if it fails, a property tax increase. Board member Robert Lindstrom doesn't like the plan one bit, including the funding sources.
"We need a plan to fix these problems, no question about it," Lindstrom said. "But I don't like this plan. By passing this part of the puzzle [Monday night], with the state, we're tying our hands. The warning's there, my fellow members. By committing to this, we're doing $37 million of work in three to five years. In the environment we find ourselves [with the state budget situation], I don't think that's responsible."
That exacerbated board member Carl Strauch, who suggested the work could either be done within a state-mandated five-years, or later, when the costs will be much more expensive.
Strauch later said he was disappointed in the board's move, saying the board "doesn't know what it's doing."
Board members did approve a nearly $45 million budget for the current school year.
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