Danville School Board hears construction project updates | News


DANVILLE — The Danville District 118 School Board approved Danville High School food science lab work Wednesday night.

Buildings and Grounds Manager Skip Truex also provided updates on the work of the DHS Auditorium and Health Clinic and other projects. One item is expected to be on the next school board’s agenda – a demolition bid for the old Cannon Elementary School.

The board approved a $260,300 contract with Commercial Builders Inc. of Champaign, the lowest of four bids, to renovate the DHS Food Science Lab.

Truex said work on the food science lab is expected to be completed this summer.

Regarding other project updates, Truex said: South View’s new HVAC project will have a bid opening on March 1; DHS and Edison school tuck pointing will also have a bid opening on March 1; the 1972-1973 DHS addition remodel is in schematic design. Truex said he has met with science, art and biology teachers and will be doing more on the development of the design. The tentative opening of bids would take place in May, with the project to be completed by the start of the 2023 school year. It depends on how the work can be phased in with classes.

Plans for the addition and renovation of the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy “are going well,” Truex said. This project could be submitted by fall 2022 and completed by the 2024 school year.

The northeast addition and renovation is also expected to happen in the same timeframe as the KDBA project, he said.

The DHS auditorium project continues. They will also be soliciting bids this spring on new carpets, window draperies and new or refurbished seats. It should be completed at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Truex said upgrades to the sound, lighting and rigging of the auditorium had “been a struggle”. They had issues getting the equipment and COVID-19 issues with the riggers. Riggers will be at DHS next week. There are only a few companies that can do this job, Truex said. Some of the electronics for the project were ordered a year ago, he said, adding that they should finally be here in April.

The DHS installation of a wall in the store is expected to be tendered this spring. The wall will be between the welding and the auto shop. The welding workshop will be enlarged and a ventilation problem will also be solved this summer.

The DHS concrete bleacher replacement will begin this summer, with construction expected to begin after the football season ends. It should be completed in September 2023. Truex met with a structural engineer this week.

The DHS track and training ground resurfacing project will go to tender this spring and is expected to be completed by fall 2022.

The DHS installation of artificial turf on the football pitch is expected to be tendered this summer, with construction commencing after the end of the football season and complete by the start of the 2023 school year- 2024.

HVAC upgrades at North Ridge and Mark Denman Schools will go out for tender this fall and are expected to be completed by the start of the 2023 school year.

Liberty HVAC rooftop unit replacement offers opened in January. Expected completion: Sept. 2022.

DHS Health Clinic: final designs approved; the area has been demolished/reduced; concrete was cut to install new plumbing; electrical and data connections installed; they hang drywall; and the project could be completed by the end of March or sooner.

“Our guys worked really hard on this,” Truex said. He said they were going to paint and hang a ceiling grid next. He said they were awaiting delivery times for medical equipment from the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. They don’t have a specific date. It could be March or later.

ESSER projects (COVID-19 funding) completed or already tendered: Southwest boilers/chillers (two old boilers replaced by three new high-efficiency boilers); DHS boilers (increased from four to five); DHS cooler to be replaced this summer; and Liberty HVAC RTUs.

There is also a small renovation being completed at the Jackson Building; a Liberty electrical project to be tendered this summer; district office upgrades; DHS gym upgrades are complete as equipment arrives; DHS fieldwork completed; new curtains are put up in school auditoriums; a sealing coating will be made for the parking lots and the concrete will be replaced; and the staff lounge works at DHS.

Truex also reported that there were issues with the South View roof near the cafetorium to be fixed this summer; a new boiler was installed for the DHS swimming pool; and an awning on the side of the South View ball diamond will be added for students waiting in inclement weather.

He also reported some energy savings from mechanical upgrades to the district using ESSER funds.

In other announcements from Council D118: Centralized registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be: noon to 7 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at the DHS Field House. D118 plans to use the electronic format in Skyward for registration and will open the portal for returning and new students in early May. Centralized registration offers parents the ability to get help registering online, provides access to medical screenings and vaccinations, and offers each school the opportunity to be present for presentations and communication of school-specific information. Registration will be paused for two to three weeks in late June and early July as D118 transitions to a new version of Skyward. After that, online registration opportunities will be available from mid-July to early August with building-specific assistance.

The board also approved goals for the district in different priority areas, such as meeting the nutritional, medical, and emotional needs of students; upgrade security; invest in the modernization of all buildings; hire a communications/public relations specialist; and establish a permanent community advisory committee.


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