Construction will begin this spring on a new school in Cherry Valley to replace the existing Cherry Valley, White Swan and Thompson elementary schools. The Rockford School Board tonight agreed to hire Cord Construction for $15.7 million to build the 86,000 square-foot school. The school will have four strands (four first grade classrooms, four second grade classrooms, four third grade classrooms, etc.). It’s expected to be ready for students for the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Nineteen companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting, and six companies submitted offers:
- Cord Construction: $15,736,285
- Stenstrom: $16,152,000
- F.H. Paschen: $16,755,700
- Scandroli Construction: $16,944,500
- George Sollitt Construction Company: $17,059,000
- J.P. Cullen and Sons: $17,557,147
The bid was awarded under the project budget of $18,589,499.
The School Board hired CannonDesign in February 2016 to design two elementary schools. Construction work is still pending on another school to replace Nelson and Kishwaukee elementary schools. Building two elementary schools is part of board-approved facilities plan to upgrade RPS 205 buildings and shrink the district’s footprint. The School Board approved an updated 10-year facilities plan in August 2014, based on in-depth analysis and community input. That plan called for the closure of eight buildings and the construction of 13 elementary school additions and two new schools.
Officials identified the locations to build the schools in July 2016. The new school in Cherry Valley will be between Swanson Parkway and Perryville Road, south of Harrison Avenue. Access to the school will be off Perryville Road in Cherry Valley.
The School Board tonight also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Rockford on the Kishwaukee School Development Project. The new school would replace the existing Kishwaukee and Nelson schools. To offset costs of land acquisition, the City of Rockford has pledged $600,000-worth of revenue and in-kind contributions to the district, spread out over two installments: $300,000 (minus the cost of any in-kind services) on or before June 30, 2018, and another $300,000 (minus the cost of in-kind services) on or before June 30, 2019.