$50,000 sought to speed work on Hillview campus Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jul 15, 2012 at 7:18 am
Menlo Park school district officials are determined to do what it takes to make sure that Hillview Middle School will be ready to open its doors on the first day of school, Sept. 4. The school board at a special meeting on Monday, July 16, will be asked to approve $50,000 in contingency funds to "accelerate" Hillview construction work "as needed to complete the project on schedule."
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Posted by School Neighbor, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm
How about $50,000 for each neighbor to the school who have endured Monday through Sunday operations..... that's right, Sunday until 6:30 PM sometimes..... And Ahmad and the contractor still cannot make up the time to meet the deadline that was know two years ago.
Here's another idea...... How about having Ahmad pony up the $50K from his second job he took with South City while he still works for MPSD.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm
No complaints from me. If the $50k is going to be spent anyway, it's nice to be assured that the project is being watched closely with an eye toward getting the school done before the kids return. Most students at all four schools have been through construction on their campuses (good problem to have) so it would be great for the HV students to return to minimal construction. I'm glad the District has their eye on the ball.
Posted by common sense, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm
Didn't the school district have a stiff penalty clause in the contract with the construction company if they didn't complete it on time! If not, they were really short sided and in fact, very ignorant in the construction world. I'd love to know how many hours have actually been worked by the union workers and how many breaks they have taken. The productivity of those guys really stinks and as was noted earlier, the shoddy work is starting to show!
Posted by unhappy taxpayer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2012 at 9:12 am
How could this happen? The contract should have provided penalties for delayed completion, or incentive for early completion. Going back to the well is absolutely inappropriate. That $50,000 of taxpayer money should go to educate the children, not pay off a contractor!