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PES discusses facility needs assessment

PRINCETON — Starting the facility needs assessment process for Princeton Elementary School District was discussed Monday night at the board’s regular meeting.

Dennis Bane of the DLR Group of Chicago, the architectural firm hired to begin the process, told board members that he wants to start getting a handle on the magnitude of what needs to be done by the first part of December.

He will compare the district’s facilities with neighboring districts and determine what needs to be done in the next 10 to 15 years for the schools. He will determine how many square feet per student the district has in its buildings and dollars spent per student.

He wants this process to be done before the end of the school year.

Wayne Barr, the district’s director of Buildings and Grounds, will be involved in the process because he knows the bricks and mortar end of the district’s buildings while Barb Valle, the district’s curriculum coordinator, will be involved in the education side in terms of adopting the common core standards,

“This is who PES is going to be and we need to prepare for such things as one-on-one computers, and flipped classrooms,” he said.

In other business, board members approved the district’s tentative levy and adopt the final levy at the December meeting. Superintendent Tim Smith reported that the district’s equalized assessed valuation (EAV) is projected to increase at .54 percent or an additional $1.3 million for the next year. He said the slightly higher EAV is an improvement over the last two years where the district saw a loss in its EAV.

Smith reported he and staff members are still trying to get a health insurance renewal rate increase down from the estimated 9.8 percent hike. The Finance Committee will meet with Smith on Dec. 4 to discuss the district’s working cash bond issue.

Board members approved a non-paid leave of absence for Brandon and Emily Stover for next school year; a resolution dealing with $10,500 in emergency life safety work done to boilers at Reagan Middle School and Douglas Elementary School; and to release some executive sessions minutes.

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