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RIMSD#41 Unveils New Admin Center to Community

On Tuesday, September 12, 2023 staff, city leaders and community members gather to celebrate the completion of the RIMSD#41 Administration Center. 
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The $8.3 million construction project includes 18,000 square feet for administration office space, 11,000 square feet for a warehouse, and 6,000 square feet for a food production kitchen. The district's new headquarters achieves three key goals: 
Unifies Staff
District administrative staff move from several floors of a dilapidated building and unite on a single floor with more spaces that promote interaction.
Accelerates Food Production
The district’s central food production crew relocates from a non-operational, water-damaged elementary school to an advanced production kitchen. The new kitchen supports the preparation of breakfast and lunch for the district’s 14 buildings and 6,200 students.
More Storage
A warehouse space not only brings much more storage but also houses the district’s fleet of trucks during winter, thereby reducing warm-up times and vehicle deterioration.
RIMSD Interim Superintendent Alan Boucher, RI Mayor Pro-Temp Bill Healy, Robin Randall (Director of Learning, Legat Architects), Ryan Welborn (Director of Construction, Bush Construction), and Terell Williams (President, RIMSD#41 Board of Education), all gave special remarks at the ceremony. 
The project came about when the district started the planning process for Rock Island High School updates and the possibility of relocating the district food production facility at the high school. After doing a survey and public (in-person and virtual) forums to gather feedback from the community, district administration decided to look at other options and locations aside from the high school for the food production facility. 
On Dec. 8, Superintendent Dr. Lawrence presented options and different locations of a possible Central Admin/Food Production and Warehouse facility to the Board of Education. On December 21, a Virtual Community Forum was held to gather feedback from staff, parents, and community. 
On December 22, the Board of Education voted to move forward with the planning of the project at a site on the corner of 20th Street and 7th Avenue, adjacent to the building that was formerly Central Jr. High/Lincoln School/Intermediate Academy. 
After postponing construction due to supply issues, RIMSD was finally able to break ground on the project in March 2022! It is anticipated that the building will be ready to occupy in January 2023.
Revenue from the 1% Rock Island County Sales Tax was used to fund the project.  Partners in the project are Legat Architects and Bush Construction.

 After the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to take a tour inside.