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The Finance Committee of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board recommended that the full board approve Monday night an administration request to sell $15 million in bonds to complete a number of capital projects involving schools throughout the district.

Some of these projects, at Haven and Nichols middle schools, have already been started, funded in part by a $3 million bank loan, pending the sale of these bonds at this time in order to secure a lower interest rate, explained the district chief financial officer, Mary Brown.

The Haven work involves expanding the student cafeteria, including air conditioning, creating an office, a four-classroom addition, and providing a new secure entry.

At Nichols, the district is building a six-classroom addition, expanding the student cafeteria, including air conditioning, providing a new secure entry, renovating the library, and building a three-story stairway to replace a fire escape.

Other projects include roofing, masonry, flooring, and asbestos replacement work at a number of schools. Security and technology expenses are also included in the funding request.

About $2.75 million of the proceeds will be used to refund a portion of bonds sold in 2009, according to Brown.

The committee is also recommending approval of bids for roofing work at Dawes and Dewey, and asbestos and lead abatement bids for work at Haven, Nichols, and Bessie Rhodes.

It voted to delay masonry work at Chute and Nichols until other construction projects at those schools have been completed.

The committee recommended that the full board authorize its consulting architect to draw up plans for security entrances at schools where that work has not been included in other construction projects. These schools are Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington, Washington, Chute, Rhodes, King Lab, and Dawes.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Don’t misread this. They

    Don't misread this. They recommended to move it to the board but specifics are not yet decided. They are not sure how much funding will go to which projects. Read the board packets for specifics. Before any money is spent they want to prioritize what needs to get done. So that means some things might not get done   

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