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DeKalb School District 428 Board to vote on Lincoln HVAC bid, Chesebro lease

Jaiden Hicks does his third-grade school work next to an oscillating fan inside Lincoln Elementary School on Sept. 26 in DeKalb.
Jaiden Hicks does his third-grade school work next to an oscillating fan inside Lincoln Elementary School on Sept. 26 in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Lincoln Elementary School might finally receive air conditioning next year, if the DeKalb School District 428 Board approves a bid to install a new boiler and chiller during its Tuesday meeting.

The lowest bid was submitted by Dunlap-based Commercial Mechanical Inc. for around $1.16 million, $21,000 more than last year’s best bid. Indiana-based Environmental Assurance, LLC, came in with the lowest bid for asbestos abatement that would need to be done before the installation.

Abatement would cost $31,695, about $3,000 less than last year’s best bid, meaning the project in its entirety could happen for $18,000 more than last year’s bids.

Lincoln Elementary is the only school in the district without air conditioning throughout the building, which led to classes being canceled on two days in the fall because of high classroom temperatures.

The board also will take action on an agreement to lease the vacant Chesebro Elementary School, which is being used by the district for storage, to Camelot Education.

Its current lease for a facility on Oak Street in DeKalb is set to expire in 2018.

Camelot, based in Austin, Texas, plans to renovate the building to start a therapeutic day school, which provides a more individualized education experience for students and better equip them to integrate into a less restrictive school environment.

Factoring in the utility cost savings paid by Camelot and the cost of renting an alternate facility for storage, administration estimates the agreement could net the district $2 million over the next 10 years.

The board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the District 428 Education Center on 901 S. Fourth St.

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