District putting tax revenue to good use

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 07/15 2014 06:04PM

Updated 07/15 2014 06:14PM

RANTOUL -- While students are enjoying the summer, construction crews are hard at work renovating Rantoul Township High School. Part of the countywide one-percent sales tax is paying for it. The superintendent says this is a great way to spend it.

A lot of cosmetic changes are taking place to the ceiling and floor tiles in the hallways and library. Some of them had asbestos. But, they're also fixing a parking lot which is usually covered in gravel. It cause drainage issues whenever it rained, so they're paving it and fixing the pipes.

The superintendent says they want to continue creating a positive learning environment for students. The financial burden isn't falling completely on property owners. So, the school wants to be efficient without how it spends the money from the countywide sales tax.

Since 2010, they've slowly chipped away at all the work. In the past, they've spent millions putting in an air conditioning system and updating windows from 1950.

The total cost for this summer's improvements is more than $400,000. This isn't the last of it. The superintendent hopes to continue improvements to the outside of the building as well, including changes to the front parking lot.

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