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School Board Approves Washington Upgrades

6/28/2016

​The Rockford School Board tonight approved $2.5 million for renovations at Washington Academy, 1421 West St. Renovations include roofing, windows, mechanical and electrical upgrades.

Ten companies attended a pre-bid meeting about the renovation work; nine companies submitted bids. The work was awarded to the lowest-responsible bidder, according to each project. Four companies will handle the work, worth a total of $2,555,475:

  • Larson & Larson Builders: $667,100 for window upgrades​
  • McDermaid Roofing and Insulating Company: $688,810 for roofing
  • Miller Engineering Company: $937,000 for mechanical work
  • Special Power: $262,565 for electrical work

Washington will be empty in the 2016-17 school year as program shifts and renovations continue under the district’s 10-year facilities plan. The school was home to students in the RPS 205 elementary Gifted Academy. Those students will move to Thurgood Marshall Elementary – the former Maria Montessori program ​site at 4704 N. Rockton Ave. – starting with the 2016-17 school year. The School Board earlier this month approved the new building name, which will complement Thurgood Marshall School on the same campus. The elementary school will be home to the Gifted Academy grades 1-4; grades 5-8 will continue to attend Thurgood Marshall School.

Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, Washington will serve students who will attend King Elementary School in the upcoming school year. King will close after the 2016-17 school year, according to the 10-year facilities plan.

​The work is funded in part by a successful $139 million bond referendum that voters approved in 2012.