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Crystal Lake-based School District 155 mulls sale of administration building

Facility needs major upgrades, officials say

Community High School District 155 Operations Committee Chairman Ron Ludwig listens to discussion during a committee meeting Feb. 12. Ludwig is in favor of selling the district's administration building to save about $96,000 a year.
Community High School District 155 Operations Committee Chairman Ron Ludwig listens to discussion during a committee meeting Feb. 12. Ludwig is in favor of selling the district's administration building to save about $96,000 a year.

The Community High School District 155 Operations Committee discussed the possibility of selling the district’s administration building during a meeting Tuesday.

The building, 1 S. Virginia Road, is in need of major repairs and improvements.

“It’s what we refer to as deferred maintenance,” said Jeremy Davis, District 155 assistant superintendent of finance, operations and technology. “We’ve got roof work, mechanical work, plumbing, fire alarm system upgrades, the lights are old and can be more energy-efficient, and the parking lot needs some paving, too.”

Davis said the building requires about $96,000 a year in operational costs.

“That’s what you would be looking to potentially save,” he said.

However, members of the Operations Committee said they rather would sell the Haber Oaks Campus building before trying to sell the administration building.

“At this point, the committee did not indicate any plans to go ahead or move forward with selling this building,” he said.

In February, the board voted to close Haber Oaks, an alternative school. It will save the district about $70,000 a year.

The board approved $700,000 in renovations to the first floor of Crystal Lake South High School, where Haber Oaks students were relocated this year.

The main Haber Oaks building sits on about 3 acres of land, which includes a storage facility.

Davis said the Haber Oaks building, 400 Haber Road, Cary, is in far better shape than the administration building, but no one has bid on it.

Davis said the board plans to vote soon on whether to allow the building to be listed on the market this fall.

Operations Committee Chairman Ron Ludwig said he believes the administration building could be sold in the coming years.

“This one, I think, would sell because it’s in Crystal Lake and on a busy street,” he said.

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