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U-46 Board approves expenditures, minutes


By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 approved $38 million in expenditure proposals, minutes and the destruction of closed session meeting recordings and the final school calendar for 2018-2019 at its meeting on Monday, April 30.
  The closed session meetings vote included the approval of 18 minutes from 2018 and the destruction of 10 recordings from 2017. The vote was 6-1 with board member Jeanette Ward, in her final meeting on the board, voting no.
  Ward consistently argued for more transparency from the board during her four-year term.
  “I appreciate the progress that we’ve made over the last four years in making some of our closed session minutes available to the public,” Ward said. “I still don’t agree with destroying the audio. I think that we should review the audio, redact it where possible and release it to the public.”
  The expenditure proposals were all approved by a unanimous vote with a five-year contract costing $26.2 million (operations and maintenance fund) to ABM Industries Incorporated for cleaning services representing the largest item.
  With Abbey Paving and Sealcoating Co., Inc., the board approved a $4.3 million bid (operations and maintenance) for a parking lot for transportation staff at 1019 East Chicago St.
  According to the proposal, the location “will act as a satellite location for the Transportation Department and will house some of the district buses…. The current parking lot cannot accommodate the drivers’ personal vehicles as well as all of the buses. To address this, the district has provided a shuttle for drivers to park their cars at Elgin High School and 1019 E. Chicago Street.”
  “By relocating some of the buses to 1019 E. Chicago Street, this will allow the drivers to park their cars at the location that their bus is parked. This will eradicate the need for the transportation shuttle and save both time and money,” the proposal added.
  A $4.2 million expenditure split between Dell EMC ($4 million) and Lenovo ($217,500), to come from the education fund, will fund the purchase of computer equipment to update to Windows 10. It includes 5,013 staff laptops, 1,233 laptop docking stations, 850 creative content computers and 500 student laptops.
  “Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 devices in the middle of the 2019-2020 school year. Multiple types of Windows 7 devices need to be replaced…. Updating U-46 devices to Windows 10 will keep all staff and students secured while adding capabilities,” the proposal states.
  Two proposals (operations and maintenance) were approved for paving parking lots, drives and asphalt play areas at Bartlett’s Sycamore Trails ($1 million with A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc.) and Prairieview ($889,299 with Schroeder Asphallt Services, Inc.) elementary schools.
  Paving and surfacing work on the running track at Larkin High School in Elgin will also be done costing $730,000 (operations and maintenance) with Chicagoland Paving Contractors, Inc.
  Pavement sealcoating will be done at 20 schools by Hastings Asphalt Services, Inc. costing $158,182 (operations and maintenance).
  “The asphalt at these twenty (20) locations is in good to excellent condition and routing, crack filling and sealcoating the asphalt will extend the life of the asphalt,” the proposal states. “The aesthetics of the facility will also be improved.”
  U-46 will purchase a new point of sale system from Heartland Solutions/Meal Viewer costing $194,000 (food and nutrition fund).
  “Our current system does not have any social media/digital network capabilities, as well as any menu platform to comply with (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for visually or hearing impaired,” the proposal states. “We do create menus in Spanish thru manual translation, but the current platform does not allow for any other translating needs.”
  Three elementary schools will be painted, all coming from the operations and maintenance fund. The schools include Washington ($93,625 with Capital Painting and Decorating, Inc.) and Coleman ($70,414 with Go Painters Inc.) in Elgin and Hanover Countryside ($88,690 with Oosterbaan and Sons Co.) in Streamwood.
  Two proposals with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), from the education fund, were approved. It includes a $31,000 annual participation fee to teach middle school gateway courses and high school biomedical science and engineering courses as well as a $43,200 proposal for professional development.
  “PLTW provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S.,” PLTW’s website states. “It empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges.”
  The final calendar for this school year that was approved recognized four emergency days being used making May 29 the final day of classes for students.

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