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Dixon school board will vote on $2.5 million in projects at Washington School

DIXON – The school board plans to vote tonight on more than $2.5 million in improvement projects at Washington Elementary School.

The board has approved a multitude of contracts during the past few months for upcoming construction work at Dixon High School and Washington and Jefferson elementary schools.

Being added to that list are a dozen projects at Washington, such as work repairing the masonry for $390,710, installing a geothermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for $873,000, and upgrading the school's electric system for $443,683.

For the most part, the projects are funded by a mix of health/life safety dollars in the form of $21.4 million in general obligation bonds approved last year and revenue from the 1 percent sales tax increase that took effect in July.

Last month, the board approved the first step in issuing up to $15 million in alternate revenue bonds, which would be paid back with the sales tax revenue, to be able to pay for projects already approved and others in the hopper.

The money will be needed to get the onslaught of construction done at the three schools in the next 2 years. The board had a special meeting 2 weeks ago to sign off on a resolution that restricts bond funds only to work at the schools and specifically blocked the possibility of using those dollars toward developing the 73.5 acres of land the board bought for $1 million in July.

That measure was in response to concerned community members doing a petition drive to have the bond issue put to a referendum.

The board also plans to discuss having a special meeting Feb. 28 to vote on more projects as well as two intergovernmental agreements with Sauk Valley Community College to share the property at 1501 Brinton Ave. for agricultural use and offer a dual-credit online agriculture class to DHS students.

The Washington projects, and their contractors, going before the board are:

• concrete and building excavation, to Oregon-based Martin & Co. Excavating for $202,592

• masonry work, to Morton-based Otto Baum Company Inc. for $390,710

• general carpentry and structural and ornamental steel work, to Sycamore-based Swedberg & Associates Inc. for $282,500

• interior systems work, to Swedberg for $75,600

• roofing work, to Sterling Commercial Roofing for $51,300

• flooring work, to Boss Carpet One Floor & Home for $23,700

• painting work, to Rockford-based Executive Painting Inc. for $37,675

• plumbing work, to MO-ST Plumbing & Mechanical for $37,000

• geothermal HVAC installation work, to Loescher Heating and Air Conditioning for $873,000

• electrical work, to Engel Electric Co. for $443,683

• site excavation and utilities work, to Martin & Co. for $59,500

• asphalt work, to Martin & Co. for $60,000


The Dixon school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Dixon Public Schools administrative office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.

Go to or call the school district's central office at 815-284-7722 for an agenda or more information.

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