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DeKalb School District 428 to vote on buying three minibuses

Board will consider RFP, get update on buildings projects

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will vote Tuesday whether to approve a request for three minibuses.

The first board meeting of the year will include a proposal for the district to replace three of its minibuses, which are used for activities such as taking students to sporting events, after what the request for proposals says was a “careful review and evaluation of [the] current house transportation of students.”

According to the RFP draft, the district bought three 2010 Chevrolet Collins 14-passenger minibuses in May 2011. In June 2018, one of the buses was totaled in a wreck, leaving two in the fleet.

District staff have recommended that the District 428 board approve the RFP as well as bids for up to three additional activity buses to ensure district transportation needs continue to be met.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the board will accept a $5,000 award from the DeKalb County Community Foundation for its Early Learning Development Center. According to the agenda, the award is part of a countywide kindergarten readiness initiative and will be used to provide kindergartners with readiness bags to take home.

Additionally, Tammy Carson, District 428 director of facility operations, will give a presentation on projects the district undertook during the winter break.

Several lighting projects were completed, such as implementing LED lighting at Brooks and Malta elementary schools and improving lighting and installing 15 classroom doors on the lower level and first floor of Founders Elementary School.

Acoustic panels were installed in the Tyler Elementary School gymnasium, and new LED lights were installed in the district’s Education Center.

Finally, new doors were installed at the Early Learning Development Center to make the entrance more secure.

According to the agenda, all lighting projects qualified for ComEd rebates and will save the district money on electric bills and preserve energy use.

The District 428 board will meet at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St.

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