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Energy-Efficient Windows OK’d for Flinn Middle School


​​​Flinn Middle School will receive new energy-efficient windows after the Rockford School Board approved a bid to replace the windows at its meeting tonight.

The board agreed to hire Rock Valley Glass for the more than $1 million project. Two companies submitted bids. Rock Valley Glass was the lowest-responsible bidder at $1,091,000 for the base bid and two alternates. The second bidder, Cardinal Glass Company, submitted a bid worth $1,339,469, total. The company was found non-responsive because they did not include all required bid documents.

Window replacement is one way for RPS 205 to find energy savings. Nearly 25 percent of RPS 205’s natural gas bill comes from Lincoln and West middle schools and East High School. 

East’s windows were replaced in summer 2013. The following year, there was an 18 percent reduction in gas use at East because of the new windows. Windows at West and Lincoln are being replaced in phases; the first installation was completed this summer. The second phase is scheduled for summer 2016.

The work at Flinn includes window replacement; door, glass and hardware installation; stops, seals and caulking.

The project came in under budget; $1,252,531 was budgeted in FY2016 for the work. The project is expected to begin in June 2016.

​The work is part of the 10-year facilities plan, funded in part by a successful $139 million bond referendum voters approved in 2012.