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Voters approve $2.3 million in renovations to CUSD 10 facilities

By Devese “Dee” Ursery

dursery@timestribunenews.com 

COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville residents voted to approve the proposal for a zero-rate tax levy that’s designed to provide funding for repairs and renovations to Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 buildings and facilities, all without raising the current tax rate.

After all 27 precincts in Madison County were accounted for, the ballots for the unofficial results came back 2,653 to 2,050, in favor of the proposal that will supply $2.3 million annually. The funds will be provided  for needed upgrades to the district’s schools and facilities, which would begin this summer and be completed during the next seven years, through 2031.

The Board of Education decided to go with a tax transfer plan that would maneuver existing funds, previously used  for facility upgrades into the school district’s Operation of Maintenance Fund, according to reports from the CUSD 10 website. This move would be at an increased rate, from 50 cents to 72 cents. The proposal would retire the district’s debt incurred by facility upgrades from the early 2000s. It would also allow CUSD 10 to leverage current funding to attend to vitally needed repairs for the district’s schools, without raising the tax rate or incur new debt.

Renovations to district facilities will include new exterior and interior doors to improve safety; upgraded heating and cooling systems to improve efficiency. There will also be facility upgrades with ADA compliance to allow students, staff and community members with disabilities to have independent access throughout our district. Additionally there will be updates to dated and worn school interiors to improve the learning environment along with painting, ceiling repairs, and new LED lighting for the schools.

“We are committed to educational excellence for all students,” said CUSD Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich in the proposal statement on the website. “Our objective is to upgrade our schools, sources of pride in our community, for generations to come.”

District-wide renovations that will be done by CUSD 10 staff include; annual cleaning and servicing of all rooftop units to be completed by the HVAC staff. The custodial staff will complete the cleaning of all supply and return vents. Additional exterior lighting will be added to administration and annex buildings along with the replacement and installation of new interior lights at Summit Elementary School

Collinsville High School will have landscaping work and shrubs planted to the front of its campus this summer with the installation of permanent walls between classrooms 101 and 103, 105 and 107. CHS will also get replacement water and gas lines in both greenhouses. Kreitner will have landscaping work done to the front of its building as well. 

Upgrades to be performed by contractors at CHS include greenhouse abatement, the flooring abatement of 20 classrooms, as well as the epoxy and cove base installation. The high school gym ceiling will get painted and its floor will be sanded and refinished. The gym floor of Collinsville Middle School will also get sanded and refinished. 

District staff will assist contractors with the move and assembly of furniture, teacher’s boxes and other school material from Caseyville Elementary to the new constructed school building.

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