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District 41 talks task force facilitator, cubbie addition

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education met June 8 to discuss community and facilities issues, including whether a recommended facilitator should lead a community task force and if more cubbies should be purchased for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

Outside facilitator for community task force?

The board received a recommendation from Superintendent Paul Gordon for Unicom-Arc to lead the district's Facilities Community Task Force.

Board members, however, wavered on the issue, expressing concerns regarding the amount of money proposed for the facilitator, asking the community to decide on substantial issues, and the timeframe requested by Unicom-Arc to gather the task force and present a report.

Communications Coordinator Erika Krehbiel and Gordon said they got positive feedback from neighboring communities, particularly Lisle Community Unit School District 202, on Unicom-Arc.

Administrators recommended the board approve partnering with the facilitator for 12 months at a total cost of $50,000, according to board documents.

The contract, which could be terminated by the district for fee reimbursement at 30 days notice without cause, would include $41,250 in professional fees and no more than $8,750 for travel or miscellaneous program costs.

Professional fees would be funded using money originally budgeted for district website redevelopment, board documents state.

The proposal will be discussed further by the board June 22.

No cubbie conclusion yet

District 41 administrators recommended the board approve the purchase of an additional 94 storage cubbies for the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Learning and Media Center renovation.

Originally, the proposal called for 235 cubbies, which were then reduced to 141 to keep within a $250,000 budget, according to board documents. In May, updated construction costs came in under budget at $230,197.

The cost of the additional cubbies would be $18,894.

While most board members agreed more storage space was needed to address safety concerns, some took issue with why the additional cubbies were not previously included.

“If we needed these so badly, they should have been in the first recommendation,” board member Kurt Buchholz said.

Board member Stephanie Clark recommended looking further into how the cubbies can be more efficiently built and if it is possible to provide hooks with partitioned sectioning instead of boxed cubbies.

Ultimately the board decided to wait on a decision and consider further comparative analysis, cost estimates and space use options.

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