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D-300 approves emergency repairs, new textbooks

CARPENTERSVILLE – The District 300 Board recently endorsed $39,900 in emergency asphalt repairs to Hampshire High School and $442,000 in new reading textbooks for low-income students.

Crews from Elgin-based River Valley Land Improvement will soon start installing an underground drainage system near the driveway of Hampshire High School.

The new system will divert storm water from a nearby tower that has seeped underground and eroded the asphalt near the school's driveway.

"We have a little sinkhole developing out there," said Board Vice President Joe Stevens during the group's regular meeting on Monday.

The construction bid bypassed the Carpentersville-based school district's normal committee procedure since it involved an emergency repair, Stevens said.

In other business, members approved a new $442,000 reading program for five elementary schools with students who are considered at-risk or living near or below the poverty line.

The Pearson Reading Street Program replaces 10-year-old reading textbooks at Golfview, Lakewood, Meadowdale, Parkview and Perry elementary schools. The district began piloting the new reading program at Parkview, starting in the 2010-11 school year.

District administrators have said the Pearson program is more rigorous than the schools' current program. The district will use Title I federal funds to pay the $442,000.

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