Will existing playground equipment be moved to new QPS schools?

A Quincy Public Schools maintenance truck sits next to playground equipment that was used at the old Monroe School in September 2015. The new Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School on the old Monroe School site has new playground equipment. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 26, 2018 4:00 pm

Is the Quincy School District going to move the playground equipment from the schools that are closing to the new schools?

Playground equipment at schools in the Quincy School District will not be moved to the new school locations.

School Board member Mike Troup, co-chairman of the Building Committee, said the equipment at the schools is no longer up to code, meaning the district can't move it to the new buildings.

"Just like at Monroe School, the equipment that we had there before we opened up Lincoln-Douglas (Elementary School), we could not move," Troup said. "It's not up to code, so we had to get new play equipment for Lincoln-Douglas."

Troup said playground equipment at Baldwin Intermediate School will remain. But the equipment is designed for older students because the school served fourth- through sixth-graders until recently, so equipment for younger students is needed.

Bids for playground equipment and installation at Rooney Elementary School at 48th and Columbus Road and Baldwin were sought at the same time. In February, the School Board approved the bids. The district will use the state bid to buy playground equipment manufactured by Little Tikes for $75,216 at Rooney and for $47,288 at Baldwin. D and L Excavation of Liberty will install all the equipment for $185,480.

Last year, the School Board approved the bid of $169,460 from Laverdiere Construction of Macomb for the playground at the Lincoln-Douglas.

The low bid of $176,580 from Laverdiere Construction was approved last week for playground equipment for Iles Elementary School just north of 12th and Koch's Lane.

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