An approximate $15 million proposal to air condition all six schools in Deerfield Public Schools District 109 was unanimously approved Monday by the Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting.
In other action, the Board approved the contract of the District’s new superintendent, Michael Lubelfeld. His appointment was announced Wednesday.
Starting with the two-story buildings, the air conditioning installation will be done over the next two summers, according to a report from Board member Steve Schwartz. Though the overall cost turned out to be more than originally anticipated, other necessary work will be added to the project making the cost more palatable.
“If you take out the total amount we would have had to do anyway, the job is closer to $10 million,” Schwartz said.
At this time, Deputy Superintendent Greg Himebaugh indicated there are sufficient operational funds to pay for the project over the next three fiscal years. “That’s kind of what I had in my mind,” he said.
Patch will have a more detailed story later this week on the air conditioning proposal as well as a profile of Lubelfeld.