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Villa Grove school board moves closer to Phase II

By Kayleigh Rahn
The Villa Grove Board of Education, during a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 7, made progress toward a proposed addition to the school, commonly referred to as Phase II.

The 18,000-square-foot project will include the addition of several classrooms and a second gymnasium that will include a stage and two locker rooms. Groundbreaking could begin as soon as November with the final work wrapped by the second week of August 2020.

The project managers representing CTS Group focused Wednesday on their most recent findings with the drainage systems and project bid timelines. 

They reported that drainage requirements are now attainable without a detention pond with coordination from a drainage project from the football field. Among other discussion items were the details of the project bids. Project managers hope to see around 40 bidders who will submit their proposals by Thursday, Sept. 5 with a possible proposal for the board to approve by Monday, Sept. 16.

Among the action taken during the meeting was a required formality that declared the board’s intent to reimburse related capital expenditures taken on by the building project. The resolution was read aloud by board secretary Jill Stevens.

The board also discussed the possibility of receiving free dirt from various sources, including the EDPR wind farm being constructed in northeast corner of Douglas County. The dirt will be required for the project to level the building’s elevations for a zero entry structure transition.

In other business, the board approved the sale of a surplus school bus to Midwest Transit Equipment in the amount of $6,500. The district had no other offers of the #4 bus that has been out of commission for three to four years, board president Jim Clark reported.

Also, the board approved a contract renewal for a school resource officer agreement with the City of Villa Grove. VGPD’s Tyler Drake will serve a one-year contract as the SRO with the school paying 1/2 of the officer’s salary for his time on campus with the potential to pay overtime for school events including Homecoming activities.

Finally, the board entered into closed session to discuss employment prior to accepting resignations from Laurie Wicklander as assistant junior high cross country coach and Matt Sanders as volunteer assistant junior high boys’ baseball coach.

Board member Charlie Mitsdarfer was absent.

The board will meet next Monday, Aug. 19.

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