West Elementary School is one step closer to renovation after the Alton School Board approved several bids on Tuesday night. The bids approved totaled just over 1.3-million dollars and will cover the cost of the new roof, flooring, wall replacement and utility work at the school. Two more packages are out for bid right now, so the final costs are not yet known, but SM Wilson Project manager, Dan Behler says that the project is still projected to come in well under budget.
Work will start at West some time this summer and once the work there is completed, North Elementary will undergo renovations. Mark Twain and Horace Mann schools will be used the next two school years when the work at West and North is done.
The Board also voted to approve layoffs for five teachers next school year due to lower enrollment. The jobs could be restored once students register for the next year. Three jobs will be cut at elementary schools, one at the middle school and one at Alton High.
In financial business, the board agreed to two resolutions that aim to safeguard the district in the event that the state fails to provide promised funding. The measures would allow the district to take out two loans totaling 3-million dollars from the Operations and Maintenance fund for use in the district. To date the state is 2.1 million dollars behind in funding the district and that number could jump to $4 million if the state doesn’t make it’s payments this month.