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RIMSD Facility Update Report

Aerial View of Rock Island High School additions.

Aerial View of Rock Island High School additions.

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The Rock Island-Milan School District recently completed a facility study thanks to the help of a citizens committee made up of parents, community members, teachers and staff. The committee has been meeting since December, reviewing facility costs from the last 10 years and also surveying the buildings to determine future needs.

The school district owns and maintains 15 school buildings, an administration building, a fitness center and the Stadium. These facilities range in age from the 1910 Thurgood Marshall building to the Rock Island Center for Math & Science completed in 2010. The average age of RIMSD buildings is 58 years.

From the analyses of the study, several recommendations came to the forefront:

  • Increase allocation of preventative maintenance budget to $1.9 million. Ongoing, preventative repairs and upgrades are essential to providing a high quality learning environment for students and maintaining attractive exterior appearances for buildings and grounds. The school district has spent between $327,260 and $610,612 annually on routine facility maintenance. More money allocated to the budget will allow ongoing maintenance which includes a replacement cycle for critical building components.
  • Focus on safety and security. Improve front entrance areas (if warranted), replace existing classroom door hardware to allow staff members to lock the doors from inside, enhance intercom systems to assure reach in all areas of school, create safe room in each elementary school to provide safety during tornado, improve vehicular and pedestrian safety by including more parking and student drop off areas.
  • Capital improvements. Complete outstanding projects from the 2007 study (Ridgewood, Thomas Jefferson, Edison and Washington Junior High School), new 25th Avenue/Circle Drive front entrance to Rock Island High School (relocate main offices) , relocate food production to high school and build a food court, renovate rest rooms at stadium, build new swimming pool. Remodel science room at Washington Junior High.