Statement from District 64 Superintendent Laurie Heinz
The Park Ridge Herald-Advocate story, ”District 64 board agrees to spend $2.13M to amp up security at Carpenter, Franklin schools,” misstates the expenditures the District 64 Board of Education approved at its regular meeting on December 10, 2018 related to secure vestibules at Carpenter and Franklin schools.
Itemized cost estimates were provided in the written Board report and reviewed at the meeting, which clearly show the breakdown of costs for these summer 2019 projects.
For Carpenter, the cost of adding a secure vestibule is $104,000 of a total project cost approved of $792,723. The overall project includes the main office renovation and remaining health life safety projects at Carpenter School related to electrical, mechanical and plumbing issues identified during the Health Life Safety Survey in 2015.
At Franklin School, the cost of adding a secure vestibule is $94,000 of a total project cost approved of $1,341,723. The overall project includes relocating the main office, renovation and restoring of classroom spaces in the building, and Health Life Safety and capital improvement projects related to plumbing, mechanical and alarm system issues identified during the Health Life Safety Survey in 2015.
Therefore, the secure vestibule work approved by the Board on December 10, 2018 totalled $198,000, not $2.13 million inaccurately reported in the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate story.