Pollock Pines School District Board of Trustees approved the first four projects for the $9 million in bond money authorized by Measure K in June.
“We won’t get the entire $9 million all at once,” said Pollock Pines superintendent Kevin Monsma. “We’ll probably receive about $2.5 million out of the gate, so we met with NTD Architects at a special workshop to look at our needs and prioritize them.” Monsma said, that while the district has about $30 million in needs, four projects emerged as immediate priorities.
Receiving top priority is the upgrade of classroom instructional technology, district-wide. “We’re planning a district-wide meshed wireless network with student responders, slates, document cameras and teacher laptops,” said Monsma.”We are getting bids on this and making equipment lists with an eye to have this project done and installed in the classrooms by January 2013.”
Next in priority is patching, replacing and repairing the road to Sierra Ridge Middle School from the county-maintained road line up to the school, including the parking lot, drop-off location and the transportation yard. This project is slated to begin June,2013.
The project receiving third priority is the realignment of the parking lot and drop-off area at Pinewood Elementary School. “We want to improve the traffic flow and make sure that the entrance to Pinewood, the bus and parent drop-off area meet all code and safety requirements,” said Monsma. This project is also scheduled for June 2013.
The final project out of the first four selected is the modernization of the Pinewood Multipurpose Room. “We’re going to improve the energy efficiency and bring it up to current safety and code requirements and make it look better,” said Monsma. “We’ll have to wait until we see how much the other projects cost before we can start on this one, but we are in the design phase of the project now.”
A seven member Community Oversight Committee comprised of parents, local business people, members of senior citizen and taxpaying organizations is being established to monitor progress and performance of the projects and expenditures of tax-payer funds.
“We’ll be involving staff and parents to weigh in on the design options,” said Monsma. “We have to file for approval of the State Architects Office by December and they take about 90 days, so we have a tight timeline to meet if we want to get into construction by June and finished before school starts again in August.”
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