The Kewanee Dist. 229 School Board approved a $1.49 million expansion of the high school Monday and work is expected to start this week.
The issue has not been discussed in detail at recent school board meetings, though Superintendent Chris Sullens indicated after the meeting that he informed the board of the need to seek bids for the work at last month’s meeting.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about for years,” he said.
The construction project will add more than 6,000 square feet of classroom space in the form of a new biology/physics classroom and a slightly larger group interpretation/dance wing on the east side of the Kewanee High School building. The handicap-accessible additions will be connected by a corridor.
“There’s a lot of (classroom) things we can’t do now,” he said.
The biology wing will have student stations, storage and bathrooms. The dance/interpretation wing
 will have also have bathrooms and storage, in addition to a 12-foot ceiling and walls covered with mirrors for dance practice.
Sullens said the district only needed to sign the city building permit on Tuesday for the work to start.
“Everyone is ready to mobilize and start this project now,” he told the board.
Companies doing the work include:
n Peoria Metro Construction, general contractor, $940,000.
n R.A. Oldeen, roofing, $70,300
n Pipco Companies, sprinkler systems, $17,520; and mechanical, $117,000.
n J.C. Dillon, plumbing, $73,867.
n Lakewood Electric, $116,405.
n Ratliff Bros., site work, $162,300.