Schools to see roof repairs

Two of Forest Park’s public schools will have new roofs installed this summer, and administrators hope the projects end problematic leaks and maintenance issues. At Betsy Ross Elementary, the roof over the school’s gymnasium will be replaced at an estimated cost of $48,850, according to bid documents maintained by the school district. The gym at the Forest Park Middle School will also be improved. That project is expected to cost $55,590.

School board members voted earlier this month to award contracts for the roof repairs following a competitive bidding process.

The necessary repairs were highlighted in a 2007 inspection that called attention to various safety hazards. The roofing projects – and other required improvements identified in the inspection – must be completed within five years, according to state law.

Administrators are in the process of collecting bids to repave the playground area at Garfield Elementary. That project, too, is mandated by the results of the 2007 inspection. Superintendent Lou Cavallo said consideration is also being given to installing playground equipment at the school.

YMCA to host public forum

Stewards of the West Cook YMCA’s effort to build a new facility in Forest Park will be in town this month discussing various aspects of the project. Beginning at 7 p.m. on May 27, the YMCA will present to the public new details on fundraising for the facility, as well as information on expected collaborations with local agencies.

The Chamber of Commerce and Development is hosting the informal meeting at the Howard Mohr Community Center. Gift certificates will be raffled, along with a three-month family membership to the YMCA.

Following the YMCA’s presentation, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project.