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PES special board meeting set for Thursday

Board will hear presentation on grades 3-8 proposal

PRINCETON — The Princeton Elementary School District 115 Board of Education will have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Logan Junior High School Media Center.

On the agenda is the presentation to the full school board of the building program and conceptual design plan for the proposed new grades 3-8 school building. No action is planned after the presentation.

The 109,900-square-foot building is estimated to cost $35 million. The school board has until Aug. 20 to vote to place a referendum on the ballot asking voters to approve funding. The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Aug. 15, to consider that decision.

Plans were previously reviewed by the district’s Master Planning Committee at a special meeting last Thursday.

The original schedule had been for the PES Board to meet in special session on Monday, Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m. to hear the formal presentation from architect Jake Been of Healy Bender Architects of Naperville.

However, about half an hour after that meeting began at the Logan media center, Superintendent Tim Smith announced that he believed it should stop and be rescheduled.

The reason is that the special meeting notice that was faxed to the news media stated the meeting would take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the district office, which is at 506 E. Dover Road.

The Illinois Open Meetings Act requires that public bodies announce the date, time and place of special meetings at least 48 hours in advance.

Two newspaper reporters came to the district office to attend the meeting, but found a locked door. They then drove to Logan, where the school board often meets, found that the meeting was in progress, and the issue about proper meeting notification was raised.

The meeting initially continued for a while as Been went through his presentation before Smith made his announcement.

“My apologies to all present,” Smith said. “I messed up.”

Board members in attendance, Judson Lusher, Doris Hamilton, Steve Bouslog and Mark Frank, then voted to adjourn until the meeting could be rescheduled.

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