Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
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For Immediate Release:
Oct. 30, 2017
Homer 33C facilities in dire need of updates and repairs
Leaking roofs, failing HVAC systems, corroded pipes prevalent throughout district
An audit of Homer School District 33C facilities has uncovered some unsettling issues at every school, including leaking roofs, failing HVAC systems and corroded pipes.
“A lot of the district’s heating and air systems haven’t been upgraded since the ‘80s,” Nick Graal, senior staff architect for Tria Architecture Inc., told the Board of Education at an October meeting.
The antiquated equipment is not only problematic, requiring frequent repairs, but an inefficient use of energy, he added.
Tria Architecture was hired this year to assess the district’s six schools, transportation center and administration center and determine what projects and repairs are needed in the next five to 10 years.
The goal was to provide a roadmap for the district so that it could budget for each repair and secure the best pricing possible.
The company filed a 147-page report recently, detailing hundreds of repairs totalling $36.6 million.
“Homer 33C schools are showing their age,” said Superintendent Kara Coglianese. “We need to protect our community’s investment and provide our students and staff with the best learning environment possible.”
Studies have shown that school environment can have a positive affect or negative affect on student achievement, she added.
Tria helped a committee of administrators and school board members prioritize the list of repairs by breaking them down into three priority levels:
- Level 1 – Urgent
- Level 2 – Required
- Level 3 – Recommended
Homer Junior High School, which was built in 1981 and added onto in 2004, requires the most work followed by Goodings Grove (built in 1978); Hadley Middle School (built in 1987); William J. Butler (built in 2001); Luther J. Schilling (built in 1958 but remodeled in 2014); and William E. Young (built in 2008).
A detailed report can be found on the district’s website at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7u7_pU2uALgVlBZOFkyejd5c28/view?usp=sharing
Among the district’s most urgent needs are:
- Security cameras at all school entrances
- Replacement of old/obsolete unit ventilators at Homer Junior High School and Hadley Middle School
- Updated fire alarm systems at Homer Junior High School, Hadley Middle School and Goodings Grove
- Mechanical unit upgrades and replacement at Butler School
- Roof repairs, maintenance or replacement at Goodings Grove, Butler, Young schools
- Parking lot renovations at Goodings Grove School to address site circulation concerns related to the widening of 143rd Street
- Floor repairs at Schilling School where the floor slab and tiles are pulling apart
The district plans to address the most urgent repairs, which add up to about $10 million, over the next three years.
School officials are now debating how to pay for the repairs. They have talked about issuing debt certificates (written promises to be paid back using operating funds) or alternate revenue bonds, which would give the school district the ability to raise taxes if something catastrophic happened and the district could not repay the debt.
Board members have expressed reservations about alternate revenue bonds because they open the door to higher taxes. Instead, they prefer the more conservative funding option (debt certificates) that put the full responsibility of repayment on the district and not the taxpayer.
They will decide in January which direction to take.
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