DECATUR – The Decatur school board discussed next steps in the construction projects on the drawing board for reconfiguring the district buildings at its meeting on Tuesday.
A decision needed soon is whether to choose a construction manager who will act as their agent or one who will be also be responsible for construction schedules and overseeing contractors who do the actual work.
The five-year building plan would reconfigure Decatur public schools' footprint, consolidating the district's 22 existing buildings down to 17 by the end of that time. Ultimately, five schools would be decommissioned as programs are combined: Durfee, Baum, Oak Grove, Stevenson and Garfield. Personnel changes approved by the board at a Nov. 27 special meeting have already begun the transition process.
Sam Johnson of BLDD Architects explained the difference between the two roles, assisted by the district's attorney, Brian Braun. The construction manager as agent, Johnson said, would provide professional guidance to the design process through his or her expertise in labor availability and material availability, without being responsible for construction schedules and costs.
That would mean the board would have to put out the bids for the contractors and the district would have to handle pay requests and oversee contracts, which could number 50 or more, he said. A construction manager “at risk” would be the general contractor for the project, and that person would oversee the contractors, materials and pay requests, including any disputes
The board's discussion on the topic ended with the board in favor of hiring a construction manager as an agent who would assist the design process and converting that person to a construction manager at risk when the actual building begins.
The total estimated cost for the changes is $40 million, the district has said. The Illinois State Board of Education on Oct. 17 approved the use of health/life/safety bonds to finance the work.
Board member Sherri Perkins said she also wants to be certain that any construction manager is bound by the board's policy to give minority-owned businesses and workers access to the contracts, which Braun said the board could require through the contract made with the manager.
In other business, the board approved a 3 percent increase in Superintendent Paul Fregeau's salary for the current fiscal year. His contract calls for $197,000 per year, and the increase amounts to $5,910 more.
Check out the latest Hall of Fame class headlined by Decatur High
1930-31 Decatur High School
1935-36 Decatur High School
1944-45 Decatur High School
K.C. Hammond-Diedrich, Eisenhower, 1996
Cary Eller, Eisenhower, 1968
Lee Boyko, Eisenhower, 1963
Terra (Crutchfield-Tyus) Jones, MacArthur, 1992
Tim Littrell, MacArthur, 1973
Marcus Phillips, MacArthur, 1992
Lee Utt, Decatur High, 1952
Aaron Holloway, Stephen Decatur, 1966
David Marques, Lakeview, 1972
Eddie Taylor, Lakeview, 1980
Rease Binger, Stephen Decatur (1976-93)
Here's a list of all the members of the Decatur Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame
August 2016 class
Kenny Barnes (Stephen Decatur, 1962); Marsha Bond (MacArthur, 1980); Hubie Carter (Eisenhower, 1972); Wayne Dunning (Lakeview, 1979); Penny Hammel (MacArthur, 1979); Gay Kintner (Decatur High, coach); Bill Madlock (Eisenhower, 1960); Mark Malley (Stephen Decatur, 1969); Rudy Phillips (MacArthur, 1963); Lee Sentman Jr. (Decatur High, 1927); Deana Simmons (MacArthur, 1996); 1965 Lakeview football
January 2017 class
Merle Bourne Jr. (MacArthur, 1962); Tim Cruz (Lakeview, 1974); Bob "Chick" Doster (Decatur High, 1945); Ray Goodman (Lakeview, 1975); Bill Harbeck (MacArthur, coach); Dave Hood (Eisenhower, 1976); Jeff Innis (Eisenhower, 1980); Martha McCann (Eisenhower, 1983); Marcia Morey (MacArthur, 1971); Ken Park (Decatur High, 1936); Dave Scholz (Stephen Decatur, 1965); 1962 Stephen Decatur boys basketball
August 2017 class
John Alexander (Eisenhower, coach); Tarise Bryson (Stephen Decatur, 1997); George Eubanks (Eisenhower, 1960); Julie Foertsch (Stephen Decatur, 1986); Elizabeth Kampfe Plinske (MacArthur, 1995); Gwen Muex (Stephen Decatur, 1983); Robert Pittenger (Lakeview, 1967); Ray Rex (Stephen Decatur, 1936); Pete Scott (MacArthur, 1986); Dion Simmons (MacArthur, 1990); Roe Skidmore (Eisenhower, 1962); 1992 MacArthur boys track
January 2018 class
Tony Austin (Stephen Decatur, 1997); Ben Cooper (Stephen Decatur, 1966); Jerelene (Cummings) Ross (MacArthur, 1984); Amber (Creason) Jackson (Eisenhower, 1995); David Dakin (Lakeview, 1974); Jim Minton (MacArthur, 1982); Dawn Pitman (Eisenhower, 1986); Karen Roppa (MacArthur, 1966); Tim Smith (Eisenhower, 1979); Bill Wolfe (Lakeview, 1965)
Feb. 2018 special coaches class
Bob Witt, Ida Brooks, Jerry Curtis, Ray DeMoulin, Bob Matheson, Mike Rusk, Joe Russell, Jack Kenny
October 2018 class
Dante Ridgeway, MacArthur, 2002; Brit Miller, Eisenhower, 2005; Steve Phillips, MacArthur, 1979; Martha Downing, MacArthur, 1967; Joe Doolin, Lakeview, 1966; Dale Minick, Decatur, 1937; Reeni (McElyea) Letizia, Eisenhower, 1983; T.J. Jackson, Stephen Decatur, 1962; Pat Hamilton, Eisenhower, 1983; Terry Cook, Stephen Decatur, 1984. Gary Hunt, Lakeview wrestling coach; 1962 Eisenhower state championship baseball team
January 2019 class
K.C. Hammond-Diedrich (Eisenhower, Class of 1996), Cary Eller (Eisenhower, 1968), Lee Boyko (Eisenhower, 1963), Terra (Crutchfield-Tyus) Jones (MacArthur, 1992), Tim Littrell (MacArthur, 1977), Marcus Phillips (MacArthur, 1992), Lee Utt (Decatur, 1952), Aaron Holloway (Stephen Decatur, 1966), David Marques (Lakeview, 1972), Eddie Taylor (Lakeview, 1980), Rease Binger, Stephen Decatur basketball and track coach (1976-93). 1930-31 Decatur High state champion boys basketball team, 1935-36 Decatur High state champion boys basketball team, 1944-45 Decatur High state champion boys basketball team