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Plainfield D-202 board approves $6.7 million improvement plan

District officials weigh scenarios on district's future fiscal health

Plainfield District 202 officials and board members at Monday's meeting at the District 202 administrative center.
Plainfield District 202 officials and board members at Monday's meeting at the District 202 administrative center.

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield District 202 board approved a $6.7 million operations and capital improvement plan, along with several construction projects.

At Monday’s board meeting, the board approved a five-year districtwide operational and capital improvement plan that lists repairs, upgrades and other types of work to facilities at the cost of about $6.7 million. 

“It’s pretty routine,” Lane Abrell, the district’s superintendent, said about the plan. 

According to the district, about $1 million for the plan will be paid for from operations and maintenance fund, $577,517 from tort, $147,000 from grants and $4.9 million from capital projects fund. 

The plan lists the status of projects for the district’s facilities along with their priority level. 

Some of the high-priority projects for each of the district’s four high schools include repairing main gym bleachers, turf purchases at North and East high schools, concrete work and security lighting. 

The board also approved a $437,237 bid from Lockport-based R. Berti Building Solutions for repairs at Aux Sable Middle School.

The company will complete the slab stabilization at the school’s first floor, media center, main office and associated hallways, according to the proposal. 

Another construction bid the board approved was for Tinley Park-based K.M. Holly Construction Co. to provide a single washroom in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act to the basement of Plainfield Academy, where none currently exists. The bid was for $118,860. 

Five-year budget outlook

The board also received a presentation that weighed three scenarios on the district’s financial health within the next five years.

The three scenarios considered the best case for the district in terms of receiving state funding and avoiding a property tax freeze to the worst case, according to the presentation from Rick Engstrom, assistant superintendent for business and operations. 

Under the best-case scenario, with 100 percent state funding, no pension cost shift and no property tax freeze, the district wouldn’t have a budget deficit until fiscal 2019. 

“Once you start to see this red,” Engstrom said, noting the deficit, “It starts to eat into your fund balances.”

The other scenarios included what the district is budgeting, which is less optimistic and projects a $4.7 million deficit in fiscal 2018, and the worst-case scenario that projects a $7.7 million deficit that same year. 

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