Lincolnshire Dist. 103 to borrow $1.6 million to fund roof work at Wright Junior High and other projects

  • Lincolnshire's Wright Junior High School is getting more classrooms, safety improvements and other upgrades as part of a proposed $7.5 million expansion and renovation. Here's an architect's rendering.

    Lincolnshire's Wright Junior High School is getting more classrooms, safety improvements and other upgrades as part of a proposed $7.5 million expansion and renovation. Here's an architect's rendering. Courtesy of Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103

  • A partial roof replacement at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire is planned for later this year.

    A partial roof replacement at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire is planned for later this year. Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer, 2016

 
 
Updated 4/23/2020 6:33 PM

A $7.5 million expansion and renovation of Daniel Wright Junior High School that began in late February won't be the only improvement project at the Lincolnshire campus this year.

Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 officials plan to borrow an estimated $1.6 million to pay for a partial roof replacement at Wright as well as future construction or repair needs that arise at any of the district's three schools, Superintendent Scott Warren said.

 

The roofing work will cost an estimated $706,600 and be completed by St. Charles-based Malcor Roofing of Illinois, Warren said. The school board approved the roofing contract Tuesday night during a meeting held remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winning bid for the job was significantly lower than officials expected. Board President Anne van Gerven said she was "ecstatic" about the bid.

The roofing work will be done this spring and summer, and won't interfere with the current expansion project, said Patrick Palbicke, the district's assistant superintendent for business. The district will borrow the money to pay for it by refinancing old debt at relatively low interest rates between August and November, Warren said.

Daniel Wright Junior High, 1370 Riverwoods Road, has undergone several expansions and renovations since it was built in 1972. The section of roof to be replaced has "passed its useful life expectancy," Superintendent Scott Warren said.

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Wright is being expanded and renovated because of a projected enrollment increase. New classrooms, a library renovation and security upgrades are part of the current construction project, The District 103 offices moved to an off-site location from Wright, too.

Construction started in late February and should wrap up in August before the start of the 2020-21 term, Warren said.

"COVID has not interrupted our construction schedule," he said.

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