A draft master plan presented to the district's board in September showed projects totaling $30.2 million at Ormondale School and $42.2 million at Corte Madera School. But polling done last fall showed public support for a bond measure is much more modest, about $40 million for both schools.
Since the draft plan was produced, the five-member school board has gained four new trustees: Jeff Klugman, Karyn Bechtel, Brooke Day and Mike Maffia. The new board members asked the architects who prepared the facilities plan to look at some alternatives, including features board members liked in nearby schools such as Woodside Elementary's new Sellman Pavilion and maker space.
"We're trying to be responsive to everything we learned last fall (from polling and other public input)," Mr. Hartwig said. In addition, the plan is being tweaked because "the new board has a slightly different vision" than the old board, he said.
But a series of recent emergency repairs that had to be undertaken by the district pointed out other problems, the superintendent said. "Our buildings have been well-maintained," he said, but many of them are between 30 and 60 years old. "They've endured incredible use and provided great service, but they need major investment," Mr. Hartwig said.
The district's insurance will pay some of the costs of the recent repairs, but "we are going to be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars," he said.
According to Superintendent Hartwig, among the recent emergency repairs are:
• A 40-year-old galvanized pipe buried beneath Corte Madera's multi-use room failed, but the problem went undetected for nearly a month. The gym floor was saturated from below and asbestos tile on the slab had to be replaced, putting the building out of commission for at least 10 weeks.
• Mold was found behind vinyl wallpaper and ductwork in two classrooms at Corte Madera School built in 1964. The original design of the buildings did not direct water away from the walls, and they had no flashing.
• In both district schools, a number of heating and air conditioning systems housed in closets have failed in close succession, producing mold and rust.
• At both schools, despite repeated repairs, the fire alarm systems frequently malfunction and need replacement.
"It's been an 'exciting' year," Mr. Hartwig said.
The deadline to get a bond measure on the November ballot is early August. Superintendent Hartwig said he plans to have a proposal ready for the board to discuss in early June, with a resolution ready for a vote by the end of June.
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