School Board Moves Projects Forward

By Kirsten Laskey

President Kevin Honnell

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos School Board approved hiring two companies to move projects forward in the district.

With the board’s nod to contract with Brian McPartlon Roofing, Pinon Elementary School’s roof replacement project will soon start.

Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe explained that the district received funds from the Public Schools Facilities Authority (PSFA) to rebuild a portion of the roof at the elementary school.

Vice President Dawn Venhaus

However, the roof must be completely built by Dec. 31 or the funding expires.

Wolfe said the work will include tearing off the existing roof and replacing it with a new one. The project, according to board meeting documents, is proposed to cost more than $230,000.

The work is necessary, Wolfe said, “because this is just an older roof that we deemed would qualify for state money and obviously they agreed.”

Secretary Melanie McKinley

While the project is underway, Wolfe said it is not expected to disrupt school operations; noting that the work will be over the library and administrative offices.

“We do not see that it will be a major disruption,” he said.

Another construction project that took a step forward Tuesday night is at Aspen Elementary School. Board members approved hiring Jaynes Corporation as the Contractor Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the project.

Board Member Judy Bjarke-Mckenzie

The name may sound familiar; the Jaynes Corporation is working on the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

Wolfe said as the CMAR, Jaynes will help the district line up subcontractors, look at materials and building design. The benefits of a CMAR, he said, are to help minimize costs and assist with preventing project delays.

For the Aspen Elementary School project, Jaynes will help in moving portables to Aspen from Los Alamos Middle School and be responsible for demolition and construction activities at Aspen.

Board Member David Foster

“They’re the general contractor,” Wolfe said, adding that having a CMAR has been positive for the district in the past.

“That process worked very well for us over at the high school (construction project),” he said.

For the Aspen Elementary School project to happen, however, the community needs to approve bonds, which are up for election in January. Voters will decide whether LAPS should be allowed to issue up to $20 million in general obligation bonds.

If approved, construction at the elementary would begin in June. Wolfe said the start date depends on when the Los Alamos Middle School construction project is completed. 

The middle school project is currently 25 days behind schedule primarily due to the time needed to remove rock. Since the weather has been cooperative for the work, Wolfe said the hope is to recapture that lost time.

 

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