Dis­trict 218 build­ings to get se­cu­rity boost

New en­trances slated for Richards, Eisen­hower, oth­ers

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - News - By Gre­gory Te­jeda

En­trance doors at four ed­u­ca­tional struc­tures in School Dis­trict 218 will be­come more se­cure after the school board agreed to pay just over $1.1 mil­lion to a Waukegan-based con­struc­tion com­pany to build new en­trances.

Happ Builders Inc. was awarded the con­tract Thurs­day with­out op­po­si­tion. They­were among seven com­pa­nies that sub­mit­ted bids to the dis­trict, and their bid of $1,187,500 was the low­est. Two school board mem­bers, Carol Kats and Cindy Bartczak, were not present Thurs­day for the vote.

The com­pany will build new se­cured en­trances at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Eisen­hower High School in Blue Is­land, the Delta Sum­mit Learn­ing Cen­ter in Crest­wood and at the dis­trict’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices in Oak Lawn.

An­other dis­trict prop­erty, Shep­ard High School in Pa­los Heights, al­ready has an im­proved en­trance that was in­stalled nearly five years ago.

School board Pres­i­dent Thomas Kosowski said dis­trict of­fi­cials like the way the Shep­ard project turned out, and board mem­bers see this lat­est con­struc­tion project as an over­due ef­fort to bring sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties to their other school build­ings.

The project, de­signed by DLAAr­chi­tects, which­does many projects for the high school dis­trict, in­volves the in­te­rior re­mod­el­ing of en­trances at var­i­ous en­try points to the school build­ings.

The work will in­clude new light­ing, re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of ex­ist­ing me­chan­i­cal sys­tems, wall fram­ing, ma­sonry, paint­ing, car­pet­ing and case­work.

Board Vice Pres­i­dent RandyHeuser said of­fi­cials, who have dis­cussed this project in re­cent years, were pleased to fi­nally be­mov­ing for­ward with the work, which will take much of the cur­rent school year to com­plete.

Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Ty Hart­ing said the work will make the school build­ings more safe for stu­dents by bet­ter con­trol­ling ac­cess to the build­ings.

“That’s not to say we didn’t have se­cure schools al­ready,” he said. “This is just an up­grade.”

The school board also voted to do­nate a 14-yearoldJohnDeere lawn­mower to the vil­lage of Rob­bins.

Gre­gory Te­jeda is a free­lance re­porter.

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