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District 109 Approves Mandatory Life Safety Report

If state approves all planned expenditures in report, cost will be $8.3 million.

A report outlining pro active life safety projects totaling $8.3 million was approved by the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education Monday to comply with State of Illinois requirements, according to a report published on the District website.

The District is complying with a requirement it must meet every 10 years by submitting a study of life safety projects certified by an architect to the Illinois State Board of Education, according to Assistant Superintendent Greg Himebaugh.

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Once the state board approves the report, District 109 will determnine how it will finance the project which it has 10 years to complete.

The items contained in the report certified by the Fanning Howey architecture firm are necessary to keep the school “up and running,” according to Himebaugh. The study was done in conjunction with the District’s long term master facility plan.

Though no specifics were disclosed on the report presented on the District website, some items will be done quickly while others will wait until the air conditioning project set to begin this summer is done.

Ten years ago the report contained work that was described as “dire and necessary” to keep the buildings open while the plan for the next 10 years is more proactive.

Patch will have stories later this week with more details on this project and other item discussed by the Board.

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John Russillo February 13, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I disagree. My comment was not meant to insinuate some sort of misappropriation of funds. The financial management of the district has been stellar and honest. I'm just curious where the other $1.5M came from. Maybe we found more life-safety issues since the FH study, I don't know. But I seriously doubt people are establishing slush funds or spending money out of spite. I've accused the board and administration of some things in my time, but I'm not willing to accuse them of that.
SWM February 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
The community packet from Monday's board meeting (available at http://www.dps109.org/BOE/Community%20Packets/2-11-13%20Community%20Packet.pdf) has a full listing of all planned life-safety work broken down by building. A large proportion of the expenditures are maintaining the 10 acres of roofs for the schools in the district.
John Russillo February 13, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Yes but how does that relate to the life-safety study done by Fanning Howey which came in at 6.8M? I was under the impression that study was comprehensive.
John Russillo February 13, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Couldn't find the FH report on the district website but I posted it in my October 30 blog: http://deerfield.patch.com/blog_posts/spotlight-on-district-109-26ffa260
SWM February 13, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I believe that the list in the community packet was compiled by Fanning Howey. I would have to look more closely to see where the discrepancies are between what was published previously and what was in the packet this week, which is what was ultimately submitted to the State.

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