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D-155 plans $3.2 million worth of summer projects

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake District 155 plans to carry out $3.2 million worth of capital projects this summer, including replacing bleachers at the Crystal Lake South High School football stadium and the field house at Crystal Lake Central.

The bleachers are not compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and are outdated, said Jeff Carr, the district's operations manager.

At South, the district plans to put in all new bleachers and a press box at the football field. Seating capacity will be increased to 3,800 people from about 1,800 people, Carr said.

Carr said that during football games, there are fans who stand six to eight people deep around the track.

Barrington-based Pepper Construction Group will handle the construction management for the district.

Work is scheduled to begin June 1 and hopefully will be completed by Aug. 1, Carr said. The hard deadline is Aug. 15. Classes for next school year are scheduled to start Aug. 26.

Among the other projects planned this year are renovating two science labs at Cary-Grove and putting in new lockers in the boys' locker room at Crystal Lake Central.

"The lockers were old, and these newer ones are a lot more secure," Carr said.

Prairie Ridge High School will have some classrooms renovated for the special education transition program.

Parking lots at Cary-Grove, Haber Oaks, the district's alternative school, Prairie Ridge, and South will be resurfaced.

Over the plast three years, the district has cut back on its operations and maintenance budget, only spending $1.5 million on renovations.

"After we did some evaluations, you see the projects, especially the bleachers, where we were starting to run into ADA and safety problems," Carr said. "We couldn't defer any longer."

As for future projects in the district, the administration and board will begin considering those in the fall, Carr said.

"The board wants to evaluate more classroom renovations and further building improvements," Carr said. "We'll work closely with the operations committee to make those evaluations."

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