District 113A considers leasing Central School

LEMONT – A committee to determine future uses of Central School is suggesting Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A lease the vacant building.

During an Oct. 2 Board of Education meeting, committee chair and board member Patrick Kerrigan said the Lemont Park District has expressed interest in renting the space.

“Representatives from The Lemont Park District recently attended a meeting with 113A representatives to gather information regarding a leasing opportunity at the site of Central School," Lemont Park District Board President Pat Sexton said in a statement. "The district is currently analyzing this opportunity and deciphering if this would be a good fit for the Park District.”

The District 113A Board suggested using a short term lease in case the district requires use of the building in the future.

Kerrigan said the committee will consult with a lawyer to determine the rental rate.

Kerrigan also reported the cost to repair the school's gym roof may be less than initially estimated.

He said a roofer inspected the roof and determined it may only need repairs instead of replacement.

"The roofer said it was in very good condition for its age," Kerrigan said.

The district's initial estimate to replace the roof was $150,000, but the roofer gave an estimate of $5,700 to $5,800 to do the more minor repairs, Kerrigan said.

The board advised the committee to get other estimates and determine whether it would be more cost effective to replace the roof.