Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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February 23, 2014

Summer renovations minimal at Stew-Stras

STEWARDSON — With the summer coming and the time for renovations to begin, Stewardson-Strasburg Superintendent Michele Lindenmeyer said she is expecting minimal changes and updates while students are away.

“It’s going to be pretty lean,” she said. “It’s just going to be painting the rooms and doing the things for the maintenance grant. We’re going to do the waxing of the floor but not much else.”

The district had received money from the first round of the State Board of Education’s Maintenance grant for work on the high school gymnasium’s soffit and fascia repair work and brick tuck pointing around the building. The school is receiving $50,000 in matching grants for the project and are seeking bids.

Lindenmeyer said the renovations are intended to prevent any further damage to the new roof.

“The soffit and fascia on the gym are deteriorating and then we’re going to put some insulation in and then do the tuck pointing of that area to maintain the integrity of the roof,” she said.

The district is also looking to apply for a second round of maintenance grants from the state. Lindenmeyer said it would “piggyback” on improvements the school will be making with the money from the first phase of the grant and will be used to help cover the cost of tuck pointing as well as for asbestos removal and renovations to restrooms in the building.

Lindenmeyer said the district is hoping to be able to take part in any of the money on proposed Shelby County Facility Sales Tax for further renovations and small projects but no larger projects or constructions would be done. She said the district will be abating some of the money which may be raised if the tax passes. Lindenmeyer said she would be meeting with local groups to discuss the project in the future and has already met with SCAN and the PTSA about what the district will be doing with the money and to inform about the project.

“As far as having a large group or community meetings, we’ve decided against doing that,” she said. “We’re going to meet them on their home turf about the tax. There’s a lot of preconceptions about it.”

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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