SPUSD Board of Education | Hiring of New Firm, Red Cross, and Upcoming Election on Agenda

Board of Education will be asked to approve hiring a firm to oversee South Pasadena High School Athletics Project

FILE PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | School Board President Michele Kipke

South Pasadena’s Board of Education will be looking to approving the hiring a firm Tuesday to oversee an overhaul of the athletic department at the local high school.

The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the district headquarters.

The South Pasadena High School Athletics Project broke ground in December 2019. 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.

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Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations places the burden for funding this inspection service on the school district.

Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants (SPAIC) was selected for their cost value for services and experiences with school district construction projects. SPAIC is an experienced, qualified provider of certified DSA Project Inspectors who has provided similar services to the district on several projects in the past.

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.

Dr. Geoff Yantz, Superintendent of Schools recommends approval of the agreement with Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants to provide inspection services for the South Pasadena High School Athletics Project. 

Specialized Testing Materials  

The 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.

The firm of 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.

Dr. Geoff Yantz, superintendent of schools 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

An agreement between the Red Cross and the school district would allow the Red Cross to use the facility to provide services during a disaster. This agreement only applies when Red Cross requests use of the facility and is managing the activity at the facility.

It will be addressed by the school board.

The American National 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 public who support the organization with generous donations.

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

Roofing Costs

In January, a mandatory bidders conference and job walk was conducted at the SPUSD Maintenance Department for improving roofs at local campuses.

Commercial Roofing Systems, Inc. has provided a bid in the amount of $1,041,472.

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.

Public Hearing:

South Pasadena Unified School District’s initial proposal for 2020-2021 negotiations with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 17.

The 2020-2021 negotiations with the California School Employees’ Association (CSEA) is the final year of a three-year agreement. The South Pasadena Unified School District’s initial proposal for 2020-2021 negotiations with CSEA includes the following articles:

  • Article 7 – Leaves of Absence
  • Article 13 – Salaries (opened annually)

Per Government Code 3547, the District’s proposal for the 2020-2021 negotiations must be presented for public review and comment before the Board of Education takes action to approve the proposal.

Upcoming Election

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 school board may vote for no more than two candidates, including a write-in candidate.