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Hinsdale District 86 School Board wrangling continues

Bob Adamik (far left), the buildings and grounds director at Hinsdale South High School, shows district officials and community members a storeroom  the school is planning to convert into a new trainer’s room. | Kimberly Fornek—Sun-Times Media July 8, 2013
Bob Adamik (far left), the buildings and grounds director at Hinsdale South High School, shows district officials and community members a storeroom the school is planning to convert into a new trainer’s room. | Kimberly Fornek—Sun-Times Media July 8, 2013

HINSDALE, Ill. – At the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting Monday, the members hit many of the same notes which have become familiar since the April election.

The School Board debated matters related to the summer construction projects, awarding contracts without rebidding them, and the preparation of the district budget.

As expected, the district’s construction management firm and architect for the summer work had not finished the breakdown of the prices and scope of the bids the board discussed at a special meeting July 8.

The scope of the work has changed since the first set of bids was received in April. For example, renovating sections of the hallways at both high schools no longer is included.

Members of the board asked for a clear comparison of the prices for each job, on “an apples to apples” basis, and the reasons for any change in price.

Board member Jennifer Planson asked the facilities committee if it knew how long it would be before the work could start, once the bids are finally approved.

She did not get a clear answer.

Board member Ed Corcoran, who chairs the facilities committee, said the rebidding process was at least a week to 10 days behind what was promised. Although he was disappointed by the delay, Corcoran said, he had not had any conversations directly with Gilbane, the projects’ construction manager, about the turnaround time.

When Corcoran said he is not micromanaging the projects, it produced a few laughs from people in the audience at the meeting.

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