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School Board Approves Summer Upgrades, Renames Haight School

6/14/2016

The Rockford School Board tonight approved the following summer construction projects:

-Paving upgrades and access to Nashold Elementary School. The work was awarded under budget to Stenstrom Excavation and Blacktop Group for $483,000. Eight companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting, and four companies submitted bids:

  • ​Stenstrom Excavation and Blacktop Group: $483,000
  • N-Trak Group: $515,238
  • Fischer Excavating, Inc. $515,309
  • Northern Illinois Service: $525,000

-Paving at Riverdahl Elementary School. The work was awarded under budget to Northern Illinois Service Co. for $439,766.65. Eight companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting, and five companies submitted offers: 

  • Northern Illinois Service Co.: $439,766.65
  • Northwest Construction: $464,834.37
  • Fischer Excavating: $538,268.25
  • Stenstrom: $540,737.85
  • Martin & Co.: $716,949.04

-Pool renovations and upgrades at East High School. The work was awarded under budget to Cord Construction for $237,700. Seven companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting; two companies submitted offers:

  • ​Cord Construction: $237,700
  • Rockford Structures: $371,000

-Tennis court renovations and upgrades at Auburn High School. The work includes fence and net removal and replacement, plus court resurfacing. The project was awarded to Scandroli Construction Co. for $369,236. Four companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting, and three companies submitted offers:

  • ​Scandroli Construction Co.: $369,236
  • Munson, Inc.: $453,252
  • Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop: $479,955

Additions and renovations are also underway at Welsh, West View, Whitehead, Hillman and Marsh elementary schools. (Marsh will house the Maria Montessori program.) Projects should be finished by the start of school.

Upgrades are ongoing at the former Montessori School, the school named for John T. Haight, which will house the elementary grades of the RPS 205 gifted program this fall. The School Board tonight also approved renaming that building Thurgood Marshall Elementary School to complement Thurgood Marshall School on the same campus. The school’s library will be called the John T. Haight Learning Commons to honor Haight. He was a Rockford High School commercial arithmetic and geography teacher and founder of Rockford’s first high school band, believed to be among the first in the nation.