Construction could begin as early as next week on the School-Based Health Center at Auburn High School. The Rockford School Board tonight approved construction work, awarding the project to Rockford Structures for $880,000.
The board approved an agreement with Crusader Community Health in August to develop plans for the center and Auburn expansion. The office will offer medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care, in addition to nutritional and wellness education. This site-based center will help students improve their overall health and wellness through screenings and disease prevention. Good health care increases attendance and learning.
Services will target an estimated 3,000 students from some of the city’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. The center will be in close proximity to students at Auburn High School, Kennedy Middle School, Wilson ASPIRE, McIntosh Elementary School and Dennis Early Childhood Center. Services – such as health screenings, doctor appointments – will be provided to students Monday through Friday. Offering health services at the school campus makes it easier for parents who may not have access to transportation.
Construction is budgeted at $880,000 and could begin later this month. It’s expected to be complete in August, in time for the 2014-15 school year. Seven vendors initially submitted bids:
Rockford Structures: $880,000
Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.: $1,020,000
Winter Construction Inc.: $1,022,000
Larson & Larson Builders Inc.: $898,750 (Bid non-responsive) Schmeling Construction Co.: $901,600 (Bid non-responsive)
Cord Construction Co.: $909,077 (Bid non-responsive)
NICAM Construction: $1,124,000 (Bid non-responsive)
To date, the center has received $922,000 in funding, a portion of which is allocated for dental equipment and staff. The board learned in December that the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois offered a two-year grant to support the cost of equipping the medical and dental exam rooms, plus the partial salary of a pediatric nurse practitioner. The first-year grant totals $104,701. Total funding sources:
$500,000 U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Grant
$217,000 Woodward Charitable Trust
$90,000 RPS Construction
$50,000 Rockford Health Council
$50,000 Illinois State Board of Education Grant
$10,000 Rockford Lions
$5,000 Rosecrance Health Network