The Finance Committee of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board Monday night recommended acceptance of bids for major renovations, including additional classrooms, at Haven and Nichols middle schools, but rejected, for the time being, bids for work at Chute and Lincolnwood schools.

The base bid for Haven would expand the student cafeteria with air conditioning and divide a large classroom to provide an office space. Alternate bids, also approved, would provide four additional classrooms, a new corridor and exit, a secure entrance and new main office area, and conversion of existing main office areas into classrooms.

The base bid for Nichols would expand the student cafeteria with air conditioning, build a new three-story stairway, and renovate the library. Alternate bids approved would provide a six-classroom addition, provide a secure entrance, remodel the main office, and install a new electrical service for the building.

Put on hold by the committee were bids to remodel the existing industrial arts room at Haven and planned projects at Chute Middle School and Lincolnwood Elementary School.

The construction at Haven would cost $3,041,871 and at Nichols, $3,458,759 that would ultimately be paid from bond issuance expected in February 2013. Issuance of $3 million in debt certificates was accepted as a short-term funding vehicle so that work at Haven and Nichols can begin soon.

The recommendations are expected to be considered by the full board at its regular meeting next week.

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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