Now that the remedial work is underway, the district is being asked how errors of this magnitude could have escaped notice. That question is all the more pressing considering that the company hired to oversee the original project was just awarded another $50,000 to continue its oversight of the playing field's repair. Ahmad Sheikholeslami, the district's facilities director, was asked why the firm that evidently missed the original errors in the field construction project was, in a sense, rewarded with another $50,000 in payment. He said that with projects like the playing field, "... you can't always catch every little thing."
Unfortunately, the field problems were hardly a "little thing," and it is unlikely that most residents, especially those who live near the school and those who use it during school hours and for after-school youth programs, see it that way. We suspect they would ask: Why should the district, which already may have to pay some of the cost invested to discover the field's shortcomings, be willing to pay the oversight firm another $50,000 to oversee repair of mistakes it should have caught in the first place?
Mr. Sheikholeslami said the district is "tracking all costs" now, and has informed neighbors that work on the field, which was already taking place six days a week, is being stepped up to include Sunday. That more intense schedule still is not enough for the contractor to complete work before school starts Aug. 22. But by adding Sundays to the schedule the hope is to complete the job by Sept. 2.
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