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Eight proposals on tap for District U-46 vote

By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 will vote on eight proposals with a total cost of $845,042 at its upcoming meeting on Monday, June 17. The items were presented on June 3.
  Included is a proposal with Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company for defined contribution record keeping and third-party administration concerning U-46 employees 403b and 457 retirement investment providers.
  Recently the board approved of a retirement committee which uses RVK to review changes and performance of investment plans to find one investment provider with multiple investment options rather than the current 52 vendors that district employees use for retirement investments.
  “All of them charge a different fee for their services and a few aggressively sell higher priced investment products to our employees that may not be the best investment to meet their long term goals,” the proposal states, and the goal is to “significantly reduce the fees and any other costs to staff who invest their hard earned dollars in a retirement plan.”
  The proposal states there’s a “continued cost moving forward for the services of RVK” paid for by taxpayers’ hard-earned money, but that cost was not provided in the proposal.
  The largest expenditure bid is with Warehouse Direct costing $329,228, to come out of the operations and maintenance fund if approved, to purchase paper, plastic and consumable products over the next three school years. Bruce Phelps, senior business official, said the cost is per year.
  The purchase contract includes “paper, plastic and various consumables… to support the custodial program and provide essential building needs, such as hand soap, paper towels, and toilet paper,” the proposal states.
  With Weaver Consultants Group, the district is proposing a three-year reinspection and management plan update costing $124,602 (operations and maintenance).
  “The Asbestos Re-Inspection and Management Plan update is required every three years by state and federal regulations,” the proposal states. “An independent third party consultant, licensed in the asbestos discipline, performs the required tasks, as mandated by applicable regulations. The information obtained from the asbestos re-inspection helps to facilitate future repairs and renovations for construction projects at district owned buildings.”
  A contract renewal with Sentinel was proposed to renew Cisco SMARTnet licenses for management of the district’s call center which costs $114,314 (education fund). The proposal states: “Cisco SMARTnet service enables proper operation of the district’s phone system, including voicemail, emergency responder and contact center express.”
  A contract renewal with Heartland Business Systems was proposed costing $105,080 (education fund) for renewal of 2,700 AirWatch licenses.
  “This mobile device management solution allows Information Services staff to install and maintain district-approved applications on iPads, plus create and manage individual user profiles,” the proposal states. “The management of user profiles is critical when working in an environment where the students share devices.”
  The district plans to purchase a new distribution center truck costing $104,797 (education fund) from Trans Chicago Truck Group. According to the proposal it will replace a 2009 truck with 96,100 miles which has had $15,844 in repairs over eight years.
  With Warehouse Direct, the district plans to purchase epoxy floor application at a cost of $35,403 (operations and maintenance) to replace loose floor tiles at Elgin’s McKinley Elementary School. The district also plans to purchase gym floor refinishing supplies to be used at eight schools at a cost of $31,618 (operations and maintenance) from Stalker Sports Floors.




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