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Board users Tuesday approved a $9.8 million Rock Island Substantial University renovation bid, with fees coming in $400,000 more than estimates.

Board members also acquired a to start with seem at a 2021-22 spending budget and engaged in a local community discussion board dialogue on equity.

Chief Economic Officer Bob Beckwith explained to board users Tuesday the district initially planned a $9.3 million funds for the superior college undertaking, which contains cafeteria renovations, a commons addition, safe entry and other website work. That finances elevated to $9.4 million soon after the district decided to include updates to the driveway and the instructors lounge.

Beckwith stated a 45% raise in electrical and concrete expenditures pushed the foundation bid up to $9.8 million.

Beckwith explained it was his recommendation the board approve the operate, even with the better price tag. He mentioned this was so that no portion of the challenge would be scaled back and due to the fact the amplified expenditures were being nevertheless inside the total funds from the 1% income tax bond sale.

Board customers voted to approve the base bid, and a groundbreaking ceremony took position Wednesday.

Board associates also reviewed a 2021-22 tentative funds that anticipates a $51,387 equilibrium in the education fund. Beckwith claimed he anticipated $71.89 million in revenues for the fund and $71.84 million in expenses. He did not present a projected deficit or surplus for all district resources Tuesday.