CALUMET CITY | Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 Superintendent Creg Williams was pleased to learn the cost of an air-conditioning repair project at T.F. North High School.
The School Board voted without opposition Tuesday to award a contract to Premier Mechanical Inc. The Addison-based company will be paid $2.228 million for its work this summer.
Williams saw that amount as a plus, since the original estimates before bids were sought put the project at a likely $3 million.
“We were pleased the bid came in low,” Williams said.
It also overcame the initial fears the district had when the Premier bid was the only one received by the district for the project, said district Finance Director Charles DiMartino.
In other business, the School Board voted to approve funding to attend the Illinois Association of School Boards conference from Nov. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago.
But School Board President Richard Dust left open the possibility that the conference attendance might be cut if district officials need to make spending cuts to balance the budget for the upcoming school year.
“We should cut our travel,” Dust said. “The same rules should apply to us as apply to the rest of the payroll.”
Officials also approved a $3,000 payment to School Info App LLC to develop the smartphone app that District 215 officials want to create as another option for disseminating information.
Information Technology Director Wale Ade gave School Board members a demonstration of what the app could look like, showing them a program that would make it possible for students to check on their homework assignments, contact their teachers and even show them maps giving them directions to school from just about anywhere they might be.
“You could do almost anything from the app,” Ade said.
Williams said he would like to see an app coincide with the websites the school district already maintains.
“We should stick with what’s on the websites for now,” he said. “We need for information to be consistent.”