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Grant will pay for a portion of Sauk’s air-handler replacement

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College will replace its air handlers, which are original to the 53-year-old building, with the help of $154,285 in state funds.

The money is part of a $11.3 million the Illinois Community College Board is releasing statewide for community college capital projects.

The state money will pay for one air handler; Sauk will pay $2,245,715 to replace the other seven, state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said in a news release Tuesday.

The school is replacing the air handlers as part of $8.5 million in renovations that also include removing asbestos from the walls and ceilings in the Learning Commons, installing solar panels, replacing the boilers and upgrading the conference room where the bookstore used to be.

Most of the money is coming from a 3-year, $5 million bond; about $2.5 million is coming from the school’s Public Health and Safety fund.

Work is expected to begin next year and take about 3 years to complete.

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