Construction bids for the Betsy Ross School addition were approved by the Forest Park Elementary School District 91 board at the April 10 meeting. The subcontractor bidding process was overseen by Darien architects, Wight and Co., who are managing the project.

State law requires that any expenditure of more than $25,000 be voted on individually by the school board. 

The board accepted bids from the following companies for contracts for the addition work:

Mass grading: American Grading, Inc. of Schaumburg for $62,121.

Site utilities: Kendall Excavating and Septic of Yorkville. Base bid: $57,025. (Additional possible work: $16,313 for south side of school.)

Fencing: Built Best Fence Co. (BBF Erectors, Inc.) of Addison for $46,372.

Site and building concrete: Parkway Forming Inc. of South Elgin. Base bid: $188,900.  (Additional possible work: $2,600 for south side of school.)

Precast concrete: StresCore Inc., of South Bend, Ind. for $63,829.

Masonry: J & E Duff Inc. of West Chicago for $318,300.

Structural steel: Composite Steel Products Inc. of Melrose Park for $88,499.

Curtainwall and folding doors: 3F Corporation of Alsip for $123,800.

Elevator: Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Inc. of Peoria for $75,800.

Superintendent Lou Cavallo told the board the foundation is being laid for the addition now. The project is scheduled to be completed by the first day of school in August 2014. 

Last day of school

The district voted to account for days off for cold weather last January by pushing the last day of school in D91 to June 5. The closing date makes up for two lost days, Supt. Cavallo said. 

Meet the new Grant-White principal

The district will host a meet-and-greet event for Chyla Weaver, who will start as Grant-White principal next school year on May 5. The event will take place at the school’s spring performance, starting at 6:30 p.m. Grant-White School is located at 146 Circle Ave.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...