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Charleston school board to vote on more repair projects; Includes $1.3 million in work on every school in the district
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Charleston school board to vote on more repair projects; Includes $1.3 million in work on every school in the district


CHARLESTON — Additional repair and maintenance work with school facilities sales tax revenue is planned in the Charleston school district later this year.

Projects for every school building in the district are on a list of proposed work that will go before the Charleston school board at its meeting Wednesday.

The list totals just more than $1.3 million and most of the work is from a list the district developed when the sales tax revenue first became available, district Assistant Superintendent Chad Burgett said.

The district set maintenance and repair work as priorities when Coles County voters approved the school facilities sales tax in 2016. The Charleston district began the work in the summer of 2018 after the district had started receiving the revenue.

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Larger projects on the list the board will consider on Wednesday include replacing part of the roof at Charleston Middle School at a cost of $312,500 and lighting and sound equipment and painting for the Charleston High School band and chorus rooms for $200,000.

Also on the list are tuckpointing at Jefferson Elementary School at a cost of $175,000 and work on parking lots and sidewalks at Mark Twain Elementary School for $170,000.

Burgett said one item not on the original list for the sales tax revenue is improvements to lighting at Mark Twain, with the timing taking advantage of a discount that's currently available.

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If the board approves the projects, bids for those for which bidding are required could be authorized in March, Burgett said. Work on the projects should begin this spring or after the end of the school year, he said.

The board's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district office, 410 W. Polk Ave.

Other votes scheduled include adopting the attendance calendar for the 2020-21 school year, which mirrors the calendar in place for the current year.

With the proposed calendar, the first day of student attendance would be Aug. 12 and the last day in 2021 would be May 19, if no emergency days are used.

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The board is also scheduled to vote on a job description for the district's educational technology director, a position to be filled after the retirement of current director Mary Ann Pattenaude this year.

The board will likely be able to vote on the new hiring in March, Superintendent Todd Vilardo said.


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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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