Unit Two Board Talks Building Renovations

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education met in special session Monday evening, and the entire session was spent discussing renovations to the recently-purchased building that was formerly the site of Countryside Pet Clinic along Illinois Route 140.

The district is currently using the building for the Project Parenting Program, but has plans to move the Kindergarten Readiness Program there, with Project Parenting, next school year.

At Monday’s meeting, board members met with representatives from GRP Mechanical Contractors of Bethalto. The firm was contacted to oversee the project, which would include constructing four KRP classrooms in the building, plus offices and restrooms.

Bids are currently being sought with alternates for a new roof and sheathing for the outside of the building.

Bids will be opened the third week of April.

Superintendent Wes Olson commented said there isn’t much time to spare if they want the facility ready by August.

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A GRP representative told the board members if they decide to proceed, demolition inside the building would need to start by the end of April, in order to use the building for the start of the new school year.

Money for the entire project, including the purchase of the building, could come from fire insurance proceeds, the facility sales tax, and health-life safety bonds that were approved by the board two years ago.

The fire, at a modular building, occurred last September and displaced the Project Parenting offices.

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