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Peru school finance committee talks about issuing bonds

Posted by wlpo on November 12, 2014

The Peru Elementary School Board is making plans to borrow money for the possible demolition of Washington School.

The district’s finance committee met Tuesday night and talked about issuing up to $900,000 in bonds to pay off the Northview School expansion project and the potential removal of Washington Elementary. Bids for the Northview expansion came in higher than expected and a state grant won’t cover the entire construction cost so the board is looking at borrowing money to pay the remaining bills.

Superintendent Mark Cross says they’ll probably make a decision on how much money to borrow in February or March. He thinks they’ll be able to add to their debt without passing the cost to taxpayers because the new bond would come after they pay off other debt.

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Community and the governor tour JFK School addition

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2014

There is one thing that certain about the new addition at Spring Valley JFK School- the roof does not leak.   A steady shower Thursday night didn’t keep parents and students away from the grand opening of the $17 million addition.  Even Governor Pat Quinn spoke and toured the new classrooms, gym, and library

Superintendent James Hermes says they are thankful to have received the grant.   He says they had nice buildings before but the addition allows them to satisfy all of their students’ needs.   He also likes the new entrance.

The entrance is large and has a lot of glass making it possible for school officials to see who is outside.  It also offers a modern touch and leads into a cafeteria the feels more like a great hall.

Fifth Grader Andrea Arteaga was impressed.  She says it looks like a junior high you would see in a movie.

The first day of school is September 3.

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Bids come in high for expanding school in Peru

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2014

It’s going to cost more to add on and renovate Northview Elementary School in Peru than planned.

When you add in all construction costs plus things like architect and engineering fees, expanding Northview will cost about $400,000 more than estimated. Things like plumbing and electrical work both came in over estimate.

Vissering Construction of Streator got the construction bid at over $4.6 million while JB Contracting in La Salle will do electrical and plumbing for over $2 million.

A groundbreaking for the nearly $12 million construction project is next Wednesday.

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