Hinsdale High School District 86 officials reviewed progress on bidding new service contracts and upcoming capital projects at a Facilities Committee meeting Monday.
The village staff expects to issue requests for proposals for the district’s food service contract April 17, with bids due May 8. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and tours of both school cafeterias is scheduled for April 24.
The bids will be to provide an a la carte menu this year, with an option to convert to the National School Lunch Program in the future.
“They have to have a clause to be able to negotiate with the contractor for the federal program,” said committee Chairman Edward Corcoran.
District officials said a couple of parents and students from each school would participate in selecting the next food provider.
“I know we are going to get a huge amount of interest in this,” Corcoran said.
Parent Susan Portland, who attended the meeting, urged the committee to consider the food that is sold throughout the day in the cafeteria and not just during lunch. Her son buys snacks during study hall, which is held in the cafeteria at Hinsdale Central, Portland said.
Some students have breakfast, too, in the cafeteria.
The district also is fielding bids for a new architectural firm. The requests for proposals have been issued. The deadline to submit a bid is May 2, with finalist interviews scheduled for May 12.
Facility consultant John Neiweem suggested the board’s decision to consider other architects may have slowed down the work on the plan to reconfigure the softball field and install a sidewalk to give better access to the baseball and soccer fields at Hinsdale Central.
The district’s current architect, Perkins and Will, as of Monday had not submitted a proposal for design services for the work, Neiweem said. When he called an official from the firm, the official said it was their understanding the district wanted a different architect, Neiweem said.
Corcoran said Perkins and Will is the district’s architect of record and should already have been working on the proposal.
Neiweem said the district superintendent, Bruce Law, had contacted the firm about the situation.
Other projects moving forward include the renovation of the art room at Central, replacing sinks, counters and eyewash stations in classrooms in Hinsdale South, repairs to the tennis courts at both schools and installing solar panels to generate solar energy at both schools.
Neiweem said Continental Electric Construction Co. would install the panels after the school year ends. Continental was hired in March to install Solar Photovoltaic Systems for $69,618. The entire cost of the project will be paid with grants and donations that the district already has received.
Cracks in the tennis courts at Central will be sealed this year; however, the committee debated whether filling the cracks and seal coating the courts at South will be sufficient. Kim Maloney, the athletic director at South, said the cracks were filled last year and have deteriorated to the point they may need to be resurfaced.
Patrick Hurley, who is in charge of building and grounds at Central, said sealing the cracks and color coating the courts would cost about $50,000. In comparison, resurfacing them could cost between $100,000 and $150,000.
The school staff will evaluate further the options available. Corcoran said there are new, more effective methods of repairing and sealing cracks.
The committee also discussed possible improvements to the ventilation systems in the gymnasium and swimming pool at Central.