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Dist. 230 board approves $4.5 million bond sale

The District 230 School Board approved the sale of $4.5 million in bonds to pay for facility projects at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools. The approval was made following a brief public hearing at its May 30 meeting.

According to district officials, the $4.5 million in working cash bonds, along with budgeted operating funds, will be used over the next few years to complete several necessary projects. These include maintenance of elevators that date back to the 1970s, flooring replacements, technology infrastructure improvements, roofing maintenance and replacement of an air conditioning chiller unit in one of the buildings that was installed in 1993.

According to information provided by the district, the equipment has been maintained, but will be reaching its anticipated life expectancy over the next five years. The work is part of the district’s long-range capital improvement plan that the Building and Finance Committee and school board discuss regularly.

Administration officials said that selling the bonds will actually reduce the average property tax bills because it is timed to coincide with the retirement of existing debt.

“The School Board is committed to providing safe and appropriate learning environments for our students while maintaining fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers,” said School Board President Richard Nogal. “Our schools are a major investment for our community, and we work diligently to assure the facilities are maintained. The timing of this bond issuance allows the district to do the necessary work as previous debt retires. With this commitment, the district will still be using less than 10 percent of its borrowing capacity and will reduce the typical tax bill by $143.”

          He said this reduction is based on the property tax bill of a $246,500 home, which the American Community Survey reports is the median home value in the district.

          The projects are scheduled to begin in 2018 and be completed by 2020. According to a list of improvements scheduled for this time period, as discussed at a Building and Finance Committee hearing in February, the work that needs to be done at Stagg, in Palos Hills, includes upgrading a1973-era elevator, and replacing carpeting with tile in several classrooms. Completing Phase 2 of an air conditioning replacement project at Sandburg, in Orland Park, is also planned, as well as replacing carpeting with tile in classrooms and guidance offices.

The board also approved the hiring of two new administrators, Joseph Sieczkowski and Edgar Palacios, at the same meeting. Sieczkowski will be the new division chairman for Science, Applied Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, and Palacios was hired for the newly created positions of special programs coordinator for the entire three-school district.

          Regarding the newly hired faculty members, Sieczkowski is coming to Stagg from South Elgin High School, where he was a technology education teacher and instructions technology integration coach. He holds master’s degrees in educational administration and instructional technology from Concordia University Chicago, as well as a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Illinois State University.

Palacios joins District 230 from Plano Unit School District 88, where he served as director of assessment and English language acquisition. Prior to that, he was a teacher and coach for English language learners at Lyons Township High School District 204 and a social studies teacher at Morton High School District 201 in Cicero. He holds two master’s degrees from Benedictine University in leadership and administration as well curriculum and instruction. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an English Language Learner endorsement from National Louis University.

The special program coordinator is a new position that coordinates English Language Learner programming to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines and grants. Palacios will also support the Instructional Services Department in the master scheduling process, discipline process and alternative school programs.


 
 
 
 

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