School Board Meeting Preview | Update on SPHS Athletics Project & Red Cross Agreement on Agenda

School Board to consider inspection services contract for South Pasadena High School Athletics Project

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | | SPUSD Board of Education President, Michele Kipke, during a February 11 meeting

Dr. Geoff Yantz, superintendent of South Pasadena schools, will make a recommendation Tuesday night for an agreement with Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants to provide inspection services for the South Pasadena High School Athletics Project.

The South Pasadena High School Athletics Project broke ground in December 2019 and calls for significant improvements to the main gymnasium and other facilities at the site.

A proposal to furnish inspection services in accordance with DSA regulations was received from Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants in the amount of $150,480.00.  The contract duration is from November 2019 to August 2020.

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The topic will come up during the 6:30 p.m. Board of Education meeting at the school district headquarters, 1020 El Centro Street.  

The Division of State Architects (DSA) requires that a certified Project Inspector continuously oversees and inspects all phases of the construction process to ensure that the work is being done in accordance with approved plans and applicable state codes.  Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations places the burden for funding this inspection service on the district. 

Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants (SPAIC) was selected for their “best cost value,” according to a district report for services and experiences with school district construction projects.  SPAIC is an experienced, qualified provider of certified DSA project inspectors, which has has provided similar services to the district on several projects in the past.

In other news addressed by the Board of Education: 

Technical Engineering Contract

South Pasadena Unified School District must comply with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, also known as the California Buildings Standard Code, with respect to specialized testing of materials to be installed in school facilities in keeping with the construction of safe schools to be occupied by children and teaching staff.

These tests are highly technical in nature and measure the strength and durability of specified materials to be used in construction projects. The tests by law must be conducted by state-certified laboratories and qualified personnel, and include such materials as concrete, structural steel, and masonry.

Title 24 also requires field-testing and inspection of on-site grading, excavation, and placement of soils by qualified personnel, which will be covered under the awarded contracts. 

NV5 has submitted a proposal to conduct a geotechnical engineering study as part of the South Pasadena Middle School Old Gymnasium Repurposing Project.

The purpose of the proposed geotechnical study is to evaluate the geotechnical site conditions as they relate to the proposed improvements, complete all required tests and inspections along with all close out documents and to provide geotechnical recommendations for the currently proposed development. 

The contract agreement is in the amount of $99,331.00.  

Superintendent Geoff Yantz recommends approval of the agreement with NV5 Technical Engineering & Consulting Solutions for necessary California licensed geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services.

American Red Cross Agreement

The Board of Education will consider an agreement between the American Red Cross and the district to allow the Red Cross to use its facility during a disaster.

The Red Cross, a non-profit corporation chartered by the United States Congress, provides services to individuals, families and communities when disasters strike.

Disaster relief activities of the Red Cross are made possible by the American public who support the Red Cross with generous donations.

The Red Cross disaster services are also supported by facility owners who permit it to use buildings as shelters and other service delivery sites for disaster victims.

Roofing Bids Come in

On January 8, a mandatory bidders conference and job walk was conducted at the SPUSD Maintenance Department for the Construction Bid No. 19/20-13 – Unit Cost Pricing – Miscellaneous Roofs.  Four pre-qualified contractors attended and submitted sealed bids on January 28, 2020.

The bid results follow:

 Commercial Roofing Systems, Inc. – $1,041,472

Western States Roofing, Inc. – $1,193,627

ADCO Roofing – $2,006,391

Letner Roof Company – $2,238,052

Should Commercial Roofing Systems not be able to effect the repairs and/or perform the needed District project in a timely manner, the District reserves the right to issue a purchase order to the 2nd lowest bidder, Western States Roofing, at the rates included herein.

2020-21 Board Meeting Recommended Dates

Dr. Geoff Yantz, Superintendent, recommends approval.


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Delegate Assembly Nominations for 2020

Two candidates (Gregory Krikorian of Glendale Unified, and Gary Thomas Scott of San Gabriel Unified) are seeking election to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. The two-year term begins April 1, 2020, and both candidates are incumbents running unopposed.

The South Pasadena Board of Education may vote for no more than two candidates, including a write-in candidate.

CSEA Negotiations

The 2020-2021 negotiations with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) is the final year of a three-year agreement. Per Article 1 of the CSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 13, Salaries, is automatically re-opened each year. Each party may also elect to open one additional article for each year of the agreement. For the 2018-2019 negotiations, the District submits the following articles for negotiations:

• Article 7, Leaves of Absence

• Article 13, Salaries

It is recommended by district staff that the Board of Education approve the district’s initial proposal for the 2020-2021 contract negotiations with the California School Employees Association (CSEA).