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|Phase 1 of District 205's Master Facilities Plan Moves On
|The first part of the Galesburg School District's $110 million Master Facilites Plan is moving on, but not without continued opposition of sorts on the school board.
The District-205 Board Monday night voted four-to-three to file with the state the $16.5 million in work identified in phase one of Operation Re-Build/Achieve, and five-to-two to authorize a hearing to be held next month ahead of the issuance of bonds that will start to pay for the work.
Board member Mike Panther says some of the athletic-related work identified in phase one still bothers him.
"I am troubled by the fact that we are putting some of the things up front, especially the thing having to do with the football field," Panther said. "I have trouble with the fact that there's $880,000 for new bleachers. I can't see anywhere it has to cost that much."
But Board member Doctor Carl Strauch, who himself wasn't pleased with the conversion of Lincoln School back into an attendance center, says the bleacher replacement is crucial.
"To me, if we're going to have facilities for the public and our students, we should have decent, safe facilities," Strauch said. "I would argue the bleachers, from my perspective, are not safe for my patient clientele. The [bleachers are] slippery, there are no railings there, if people were to fall and break a hip. We're discriminating against the population of geriatrics in this town."
The board also approved forming an implementation committee for the Master Facilties Plan, and okayed soliciting architects for the work.
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