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District 87 board member Elizabeth Fox Anvick listens as Superintendent Barry Reilly gives a report during Wednesday night's school board meeting.

LENORE SOBOTA, THE PANTAGRAPH

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington District 87 school board accepted the low bid of Petry-Kuhne Co. of Champaign for renovation of the Bloomington High School orchestra and choir room.

The total cost, including contingency allowance and professional fees, was $674,576. That is $74,056 more than what was originally allocated for the project.

However, the higher cost was mainly because the project was expanded to include the addition of sprinklers to the area and renovation of an adjacent hallway.

Superintendent Barry Reilly said that although the cost for this particular project was more than the original estimate, it still fits within the overall cost of the entire project.

He said the district saw it as an opportunity within the scope of the project to add sprinklers.

The board also approved a request for authorization to use health/life-safety funds to make repairs to floors at Bent Elementary School. The request will be forwarded to the Regional Office of Education.

An inspection found cracks in the floor slab at the school, which was built in 1922. Although it is not in immediate danger, it is something that should be taken care of in the next two to three years, board members were told.

The estimated cost of the repairs, which will include asbestos abatement, is $420,000. Eight classrooms are affected.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The first day of classes will be Aug. 20. The last day of classes will be May 23, 2019, as long as there is no bad weather that would require use of emergency days. Graduation will be May 26, 2019.

• Heard from Reilly about the response to a fire on Gettysburg Drive on Saturday that displaced several families with children who attend Stevenson Elementary School and Bloomington Junior High School.

Reilly said there was “a great showing of community support” with an abundance of clothing, toiletries, toys and other items donated. In addition, donations of cash and gift cards will result in more than $1,000 going to each family, he said.

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