DIXON – A report listing a range of costs for maintaining the school district's facilities from the bare minimum to "wish list"-type items will be released publicly today.
The strategic planning committee, a 14-member group working to create a vision for district facilities covering the next 5, 10, or 15 years, will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.
The committee's goal is to make recommendations to the school board for possible building consolidation, land acquisition and development, and will include cost estimates, federal and state grants, and funding options.
The committee will analyze and discuss the data today, and take input from the public.
The data will serve as the foundation for the district’s long-range plan.
The committee has toured each of the district’s buildings, including outdoor facilities and a security assessment.
A tour of Dixon High School caught the attention of some members for the amount of work it might need. For example, its mechanical building has two large boilers operating inefficiently – one of them dates back to the 1956 addition.
The strategic planning committee plans to visit the Rochelle school district Oct. 31, which has built new facilities, and another school district of similar size that has invested in its aging buildings over time.
Another meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7 to discuss school finance.
Committee members are board members Jim Schielein and John Jacobs, teachers Elizabeth Bushman and Aaron Eddy; and community members Jon Gieson, Angie Harrison, Deb Drengenberg, Dave Schreiner, Chris Hammitt, Rob LeSage, Tom Shaw, and Al Duncan, as well as Superintendent Michael Juenger and Kevin Schultz, building and grounds supervisor for the district.