$13 Million for Dolton School District 149 (Calumet City, IL) – South suburban Dolton School District 149 is planning to overhaul the “quality of life” in its school buildings by investing approximately $13 million from federal COVID relief money into installing new windows, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems into district facilities.
“By overhauling our antiquated, 40-year old heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and replacing aging windows, we will create a healthier and more productive academic environment for our students and teachers alike for the next 30 years, changing their quality of life,” said Dolton 149 Board President Rayya Ghani. “The new windows and HVAC systems would represent a both long-term investment and a literal climate change in the district.”
During the Dolton 149 Board of Education’s monthly meeting on October 20, board members heard a presentation from district administrators that sketched out plan to spend more than $11 million on replacing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in all schools and invest more $2 million on the installation of new windows. The money will come from federal pandemic relief funds provided to Dolton 149.
“The reality is that the district is currently spending enormous sums of money on keeping old, unreliable, and inefficient heating and cooling systems barely running,” said Ghani. “Beyond improving the quality of life for teachers and students, the district will reap huge savings by drastically reducing expensive maintenance, repair, and energy costs.”
The district has engaged an architect to begin the planning phase.
$13 Million for Dolton School District 149