The District-205 Board met in special session yesterday to approve a $237,000 bid from Galesburg’s JP Benbow Plumbing and Heating to repair and replace the HVAC system in Mustain Pool, after it failed over the winter, causing problems for the Silver Streaks Swimming and Diving Teams, and P.E. classes that also use the facility.
District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations David Black says the work will take a long time, but for good reason.
“As this equipment is custom-made for the specific facility to which it is being installed, it is estimated to take 16 to 18 weeks for manufacture and delivery,” Black said.
The district had at one point, according to Black, contemplated opening the pool up to the public over the summer, but can’t now because of the emergency HVAC repairs. The hope is to have it ready to go, along with some painting work, to be done by the fall semester.
The board last night also interviewed candidates for the new position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Pre-Kindergarten. Superintendent Bart Arthur had done double-duty as curriculum director, but Arthur says his other responsibilities make that impossible.
The opening is made partially possible by the pending retirement of Pre-Kindergarten Director and Cooke Elementary Principal Jean Brown.