Dec 14, 2009 9:41 PM by Andy Koen
When the weather is at its worst, a good heater is a must and this winter the kids at Queen Palmer Elementary are staying warm thanks to a reliable boiler. The heater was recently upgraded with some left-over money that the district had saved on its other bond projects.
"We've been able to stay under budget and reutilize and redirect those savings to accomplish some more projects," said Mike Maloney, executive director of facilities, operations, and transportation for District 11.
Maloney says the district has stretched the $152 million that voters approved for them in 2006 to buy an extra 28 projects, like a new gym floor at Palmer High School.
"I think we have been very conscientious with this bond program especially and how we do things and how we can always look for ways to save money," Maloney said.
In all, around $6 million dollars was saved, most of it through competitive bids on projects, or by using district staff and materials when possible. However, Maloney says at least one million was saved by canceling improvements to the 9 schools that were closed this year.
District 11 will complete more than 600 school improvement projects with the bond money by the end of 2010.