DeKALB – Lincoln Elementary School could have air conditioning next summer if the DeKalb School District 428 Board approves a bidding request during its Tuesday meeting that would provide the school with a new boiler and chiller.
The board meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the District 428 Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St.
Lincoln Elementary is the only school in the district without air conditioning in the majority of the building.
This led to classroom temperatures reaching as high as 105 degrees and the cancellation of classes for two straight days during September’s heat wave.
Climate control at Lincoln was one of a few HVAC projects proposed earlier this year, but it was eventually postponed because of budgetary constraints.
A project to address humidity issues in a handful of underground classrooms at Clinton Rosette Middle School, however, was approved.
Since the boiler installed at Lincoln contained asbestos in the insulation, abatement must be performed before the chiller is installed.
The Lincoln Elementary work has an estimated cost of $1.32 million based on bid results from earlier this year.
A majority of the funding would have come from the district’s life and safety budget, and the rest would have come from the operations and maintenance budget.
During the last board meeting, one resident suggested funding the project through the district’s reserve fund.