Construction on Portola Valley schools to start this summer

District to begin $49.5 million bond measure projects

The Portola Valley School District will launch construction projects this summer at its two campuses, some of which will be funded by Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond passed in November 2018 to pay for school repairs and renovations, according to a staff report for the district's school board meeting on Wednesday (May 15).

The facilities master plan shows immediate projects at Corte Madera School, including a new two-story classroom building, costing between $38.4 and $42.5 million. At Ormondale School, projects costing $10.9 to $12 million are included as first-phase priorities.

The district will start with smaller-scale projects, totaling about $720,000, according to a district staff presentation prepared for Wednesday's meeting. A mix of sources -- the district's general fund, state funding and Measure Z -- will finance the projects, which will begin in mid-June and continue until school begins in mid-August, said Adam Lint, the district’s bond and facilities director.

It will update lighting to more long-lasting LED bulbs and install energy management systems for HVAC units throughout the district for about $227,000, Lint said. This comes from state funding for energy efficiency projects, according to the presentation.

There are several projects that will be funded by Measure Z:

● Replacement and repair of leaking roofs at Ormondale for $197,000. The school's multi-use room has a "very serious leaking issue," the staff report states.

● A $75,528 update to an annex at Corte Madera to include two additional office spaces, a conference room and a secretary's office. The conference room will be used for school board meetings (board meetings are currently taking place in a classroom space at Corte Madera), Lint said. The renovation will allow for a classroom to be freed up at the school to reduce the amount of building needed to temporarily house construction projects at Corte Madera.

● Gutter cleaning and dry rot repair at Corte Madera for $48,000

The district also plans field renovations and landscaping this summer for about $115,000. Construction crews will work around the schedule of the Panthers Camp, a sports camp, at Corte Madera, which takes place at the school's field and gym, Lint said. The camp runs from June 17 to July 5, according to the Panthers Camp website.

The roofing work could roll over into the fall, but the other projects should be completed by the time school starts, Lint said.

"We try to fit in as much (construction) as possible during the summer and winter (break) so it doesn't impact students," he said.

Beyond the summer

Long-term projects, aside from the summer construction, include the following, along with the years of planned construction in parenthesis:

● Exterior painting at both schools (2020)

● Clock bell paging systems at both schools(2020)

● Restroom modernization at both schools (2020)

● Fire alarm upgrades at both schools (2021)

● New classroom buildings and courtyard renovations at Ormondale (2021)

● New Classroom buildings and courtyard renovations at Corte Madera (2021)

● Classroom modernization at both schools (2022-23)

● Roofing improvements at both schools (2022)

The budget for each of these projects isn't set right now, but the district wants to complete as much work on the projects as it can to put the bond money to use, Lint said. Measure Z projects are on track as planned, he said. The district's proposed construction timeline, presented at the Feb. 9 school board meeting, projects that Measure Z school construction will wrap up around August 2022.

The district's complete facilities plan can be viewed here.


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10 people like this
Posted by No Way!
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 15, 2019 at 10:34 am

Did they get any competetive bids?
Let's see them!
Why a new 2 story building for 43 million?I thought it was for maintenance!
How many more students are enrolled compared to last year?
$50,000.00 to clean the gutters?


Thanks for voting on another rip off for PV taxpayers!

5 people like this
Posted by PV Taxpayer
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

It was rigged from the start I suspect. No competitive bids is a huge red flag. New building? When did the community see the plans? Where was the COMMUNITY input. I thought this was suppose to be for maintenance?

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