Meridian Elementary School addition put on hold

MOUNDS, IL (KFVS) - An addition to the Meridian Elementary School in Mounds, Ill. has been put on hold due to uncertain funding.

The postponement is required due to uncertainty with a grant from the State of Illinois' Capital Development Board for 75 percent of the $6.5 million project.

"With uncertainty from the State of Illinois for promised funding it would be irresponsible for the school district to put itself at risk and start this project without money in the bank," said David Rademacher, superintendent of Meridian School District 101.

A 45 percent funding threshold has been established to start the project.

"Although construction of the new addition is on hold, we'll start the renovations on the existing school kitchen immediately, in good faith we expect the State of Illinois to honor their agreement," said Mike Hileman, school board member.

The LEED certified elementary school addition will consist of a gymnasium, classroom and administrator's offices,

The school district says architects, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers are all ready to break ground once funding is secured.

Once started, the project is expected to take about a year to complete.

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