Board member Dianne Barrett reached out to Lisa Madigan's office requesting a fraud investigation after the board approved bonds that will go towards air conditioning.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
A portion of the much-discussed dollars will likely go towards the installation of air conditioning at both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools.
It appears Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South classrooms will indeed get a bit cooler after a major step towards air conditioning the schools was taken Monday night. The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education voted 5-1 with one abstention to approve the issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed $17.96 million to increase working cash in the district. The administration has made clear its intention to use the new dollars for capital improvements, including the air conditioning that would allow the district to implement a more convenient schedule for students. Board President Dennis Brennan voted in favor of the resolution along with board members Kay Gallo, DeeDee Gorgol, Michael Kuhn and Jennifer Planson. …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Board members Barrett and Skoda opposed the plan, which would also upgrade electrical infrastructure at both district high schools and address entry circulation problems.
Monday evening was unseasonably warm for mid-December, but the temperature inside Hinsdale South High School for the District 86 School Board meeting was cool. That was probably a good thing, since a discussion about air conditioning generated quite a bit of heat, not only among board members, but also in the audience. The meeting began with audience member George Logan delivering a lengthy analysis of district finances to argue against borrowing $17.96 million to complete the air conditioning of all classroom space at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South. Logan said district expenditures are trending up while revenues are trending down. “We’d be taking a risk to borrow anything,” he said. “It just seems like it’s flying against all the …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A majority of board members support a plan to begin implementation of the district’s Master Facilities Plan by borrowing $18 million
The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education will hold a special meeting Dec. 5 to decide whether or not to borrow $18 million to pay for air conditioning and other facility improvements at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South. The majority of the board members at Monday night's board meeting at Central agreed to proceed with some of the first steps of the district’s Master Facilities Plan, which was adopted in 2010. Those steps include air conditioning classrooms at both schools that are not currently air conditioned at a cost of approximately $13 million. That price includes upgrading the existing electrical infrastructure at the schools to accommodate the air conditioning, as well as other HVAC improvements. The …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
School board plans to explore funding options for project that would also include electrical infrastructure upgrades at both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South.
The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education Monday night continued the process of exploring options for air conditioning all classrooms at both its campuses. Board members were told the project would cost $13.2 million, which would include upgrades to the electrical infrastructure at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South. Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Wahl said the project was consistent with the district’s Master Facilities Plan. “This lasers in on what was deemed a high priority item by the Master Facilities Planning Committee,” Wahl said. He said about half the instructional space at both campuses currently is air conditioned. Rick Wise of Gilbane, Inc. told board members that the project would affect about 60 …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
But some board members questioned the cost.
With overnight temperatures threatening to drop below 40 degrees and daytime highs in the 60s, local schools probably aren’t going to be using their air conditioning much over the next several days. Next week, however, temperatures are expected to approach 80 degrees, and that could mean some hot classrooms for students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools. The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education is looking into ideas for making both high school campuses fully air-conditioned. Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Wahl told board members this week that about half of the learning space at each school is not air-conditioned. The air conditioning issue came up during a board discussion initiated by President …