$50,000 sought to speed work on Hillview campus


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."

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in the Menlo Park City School District board room at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

It will start with an update by facilities director Ahmad Sheikholeslami of the Hillview and Encinal school construction projects.

According to a summary of the Hillview agenda item, the request for $50,000 is in addition to other contingency funds used for change orders during the massive rebuilding of the middle school campus at Elder and Santa Cruz avenues in Menlo Park.

Change orders to date include "unforeseen conditions, district-initiated changes, and required clarification/changes made by the architect that result in added work," according to the summary.

Click here to see the board's agenda.


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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 15, 2012 at 7:18 am

Looks like they need the extra 50K as the paint is already coming off the exterior under the windows. (drive by slowly on SC and you will see the paint flaking off).

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

And the Sacramento pols want us to believe that the costs of the HSR will be only......?
When has a "government" financed and mangaged building project come in at or under budget and on time?

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Posted by Arch Comic
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Are those government workers doing the building? Or private contractors hired by the district?

Does arch-con hate all working people, or just some?

Maybe arch-con wants all public schools closed, make every one go to a private school, but then someone has to build those also.

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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

my post must have worked, I saw a painters lift by the windows with the flaking paint this weekend.

maybe I should go have a closer look around...

((I thought we paid people to do this work))) I guess not...

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Posted by School Neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
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.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
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.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
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!

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Posted by unhappy taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
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!
Who is doing this shoddy oversight anyway?

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