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Central School lease, technology financing, school schedule discussed at District 113A meeting

LEMONT – The District 113A Board of Education took action on some long-discussed issued during the Feb. 19 meeting, including Central School and its new technology system.

1. Financing set for technology upgrades

In order to help pay for a $750,578 technology upgrade plan it passed in December, the board approved a four-year financing plan.

The plan will cost $736,176, including $164,401 annual payments and $21,388 in interest payments at a rate of 2.25 percent.

Because of a cash surplus for 2013-14, the district will also make a $242,973 down payment.

2. Central School lease, roof repairs approved

The board approved a lease between the district and the John Paul Polish Language School to use the vacant Central School on Fridays and Saturdays.

The terms of the lease were not disclosed because it still needs to be approved by the Polish Language School.

The possibility of the lease was first brought up during the Jan. 24 board meeting.

The board also agreed to pay $24,800 to repair Central School's gym roof, lower roof and other roof areas. The district said the repairs will begin as soon as weather allows.

3. Committee proposes additional half-days

In order to allow for more collaboration time between teachers, a committee of teachers, principals and board members discussed ways to free up additional time in the school schedule.

The committee concluded the best solution was to add three more half-days during the school year.

The district currently has four full institute days and three half-day school improvement days.

The committee suggested scheduling the half days on Fridays because it would interfere less with after school activities and give flexibility for families to take extended weekend trips.

The board will vote on whether to add the half-days during March.

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