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109 Approves Air Conditioning for Schools

Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education also formally approves contract of new superintendent.

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.

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RonnieTheLimoDriver January 15, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Get ready for higher taxes.
D'skidoc January 15, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Try driving the limo w/o a/c for just the month of May.
RonnieTheLimoDriver January 15, 2013 at 06:09 PM
How about a reasonable comparison? Try going to school without A/C? Oh yeah, I did that from K - College. Keep spending like its going out of style while incomes stagnate, it will catch up. I guess we have not learned the lessons from the State so we want to apply them right here in Deerfield.
Wendy Apple January 15, 2013 at 06:47 PM
There will not only be A/C, but improved air quality year-round. This issue has been discussed at length in conjunction with Patch articles and beyond and I hope you take the time to read more about why this is being done, the level of support it has districtwide, the ways in which the problem has escalated over time, and the safety, health, and academic impact District 109 faces without this upgrade. It's ok to disagree, but the district has been saving to do this for years and many feel this is spending of the most responsible kind - the health and safety of the students, teachers and staff.
John Russillo January 15, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Yes, so did I. I also went home to a non-air conditioned house. No biggie. When you go from an A/C house to a blast furnace for school, it's a little bit different. Once again, shockingly, it's not always about you, Ronnie.
John Russillo January 15, 2013 at 07:06 PM
And in terms of where we spend our money, where do you want it spent? For me, I want our money spent on items that directly affect the learning of our children. Teachers, facilities, learning environment, technology, curriculum, etc. What I don't want it spent on is overhead and administrator perks like healthcare, PhD programs, cars, gas cards, lunches, dinners, and other things that have NO relation to teaching our kids.
John Russillo January 15, 2013 at 07:15 PM
You wanna get mad at something, Ronnie? How about this. We paid for a certain administrator's PhD program then she up and left the district. Since there are no provisions for repayment or that she needed to stay in the district for a certain amount of time, she is using her PhD in another district free of charge. How's that for wasteful spending?
RonnieTheLimoDriver January 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
John, I have already posted plenty of comments on the Waste in 109. It is widespread.
RonnieTheLimoDriver January 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Yes, Wendy, this has been discussed a lot on patch. Previously, the Pro-AC groups all said they would be happy to pay for the price tag. What happened to them? The price tag for this project is already higher than originally estimated and we have not even started on the work. The articles you refer to do not have any of the content you mention. There is not in fact wide-scale support of this, just a small and vocal minority. The problem has not escalated over time. There were not many over 90 degree days in the last year during the school year. There is no proof that this has any impact on academics that have been discussed here. I am all in favor of spending to improve educational outcome for our students. You could hire a LOT of teachers for 15 million. You could fund a lot of special education programs. You could buy a lot of lab equipment. You get the point.
Dylan January 27, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Ronnie - now I am going to prove you wrong....there IS wide-scale support for air conditioning our schools. Just because you do not agree with it, does not mean others feel the same. IF you REALLY attended school board meetings, you would KNOW the support this has. I have children in district 109 and not one student, parent, teacher, aide, etc has said "wow this is a stupid, wasteful idea". You might be the only one. Accept it and move on. Your energy could be better used elsewhere.

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