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U-46 proposals, bills list approved at meeting

By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 unanimously approved of eight proposals costing $845,042 at its meeting on Monday, June 17.
  Included was 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.
  A retirement committee was recently approved by the board which uses RVK to review changes and performance of investment plans to consolidate down to one investment provider from 52 vendors used by U-46 employees. The proposal states there’s a “continued cost moving forward for the services of RVK,” but that cost was not provided in the proposal.
  Two bids with Warehouse Direct were approved, both to be paid for from the operations and maintenance fund, including $329,228 for custodial supplies and $35,403 to purchase epoxy floor application to replace loose floor tiles at Elgin’s McKinley Elementary School.
  The custodial supplies include “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.
  The epoxy floor application proposal stated: “The existing flooring will be removed by environmental contractors and an epoxy coating will be applied in its place.”
  With Weaver Consultants Group, the board approved a three-year asbestos reinspection and management plan update costing $124,602 (operations and maintenance).
  “The Asbestos Re-Inspection and Management Plan update helps to facilitate regulatory codes set forth by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) which requires an asbestos inspection prior to renovation/demolition activities, Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (EPA AHERA) School regulations, and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulations,” according to the proposal. “When the locations of asbestos-containing materials are known, it helps to provide a safe work environment for staff and contractors.”
  A contract renewal with Sentinel was approved costing $114,314 (education fund) to renew Cisco SMARTnet licenses for management of the district’s call center.
  With Heartland Business Systems, a contract renewal was approved at a cost of $105,080 (education fund) for renewal of 2,700 AirWatch licenses.
  “Mobile Device Management software, AirWatch, allows U-46 to deploy and manage tablet devices (iPads) in an efficient manner from a central administrative console,” the proposal said. “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 management of user profiles is critical when working in an environment where the students share devices.”
  The board approved a purchase of a new distribution center truck costing $104,797 (education fund) from Trans Chicago Truck Group which replaces a 2009 truck with 96,100 miles the proposal states.
  Gym floor refinishing supplies to be used at eight schools were also approved for purchase from Stalker Sports Floors costing $31,618 (operations and maintenance).
  “We have developed a biannual maintenance program for the wood gym floors to ensure that we maintain them properly. Each year, several floors are scrubbed and refinished,” the proposal states.
  The board also voted 7-0 to approve $11.9 million in itemized bills.




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