Pekin District 108 is again limiting the work it will do to its school buildings this summer because of continuing funding issues related to the state.
“We’re doing as much as we can based on the availability of funds with operation and maintenance funds,” said Superintendent Bill Link. “That’s how we have to go forward from this point.
“There used to be a period and time where we could allocate $600,000 to $800,000 a summer to really do some significant things, but now it’s just really attacking those things that need to be done that you can’t ignore any longer. We’re hoping some day that will change — either some changing of the state funding formula or down the road if we look at the facilities sales tax.”
District 108 Business Manager Glayn Worrell said the small lists of repair items for the next few years pales in comparison to what is left of the list of things to do.
After this cycle of the district’s five-year facility plan is completed in 2020 at an estimated cost of $2,086,130, the district faces a list of future projects that totals — if all are done — $11,903,700. High ticket items over $1 million include building Broadmoor Junior High School’s instructional area walls, $1,700,000; Broadmoor lockers and commons area work, $1 million; office and entryway security, $1,650,000; steam lines replaced in the 1929 addition of Washington Intermediate School; and roof replacements, $2,257,000.
A project that appears on the list with no preliminary estimate is abating the remaining asbestos floor tiles in the district.
“This is not even a totally comprehensive list,” said Worrell. “It’s just some things we’ve had on the docket for a while.
“We’ve got $12 million worth of work that needs to be done in the district that we don’t have available funds for right now. These types of things would be things we could knock out very quickly if (we had) the facilities sales tax. These figures are probably low for today. You would probably have to look at 10 to 15 percent more just as a conservative estimate of the cost. There’s lots of things we have to put on hold. We’re just trying to maintain right now to keep facilities safe and keep everything operational.”
Link said the district put the list together four years ago when Tazewell County schools last placed the facilities sale tax on the ballot for voter approval.
Tazewell County is one of 24 Illinois counties where the tax failed — once in 2009, and again in 2011. Forty-seven counties have passed the sales tax. Peoria, Mason, Fulton and Logan counties have enacted the sales tax. There have been no formal talks about a new referendum, said Link.
For now, the district is knocking off the smaller items, including exterior doors. This year, it will do door replacements at the district’s central kitchen, C.B. Smith Elementary School and Broadmoor Junior High School at a cost of $225,456.
The rest of the work for the summer includes sealcoating, striping and signage on the district office parking lot, $20,000; painting of various indoor spaces, $18,000; carpet and fresh paint in the Broadmoor student area, $105,000; basketball safety straps for the backboards, $4,620; ceiling work at the Pekin Family Education Center, $16,100; roof repair at Wilson Junior High School and Broadmoor, $25,000; gym floor refinishing, $15,000; and air conditioning work at the tech center, $32,000.
Part of the money, $246,176, will come from the life safety fund and the remaining $215,590 from the operations and maintenance fund, for a total of $461,766.
The district in 2016, the district spent $394,970 in roof replacement, fire alarm replacement and bleacher aisle retrofit. Under the five-year facility plan the district plans to spend in 2018 a total of $445,336; 2019, $840,784; and $338,244 in 2020.
Follow Sharon Woods Harris at Twitter.com/sharrispekin