By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Big moves are on the docket for the Measure A Bond projects to modernize the Garden Grove Unified School District and some moves could become more literal than others.
Although the initial work might not begin until summer 2012, board members and staff are looking at everything, including the potential to rotate entire single school locations to alternate sites for a year at a time in order to meet all the modernization needs.
At a study session before the scheduled board meeting Tuesday, board members discussed the timeline, scope and contractor bidding strategies to be used by the GGUSD in the coming years.
Board members, staff and superintendent talked of some of the smaller schools, such as elementary schools, possibly being relocated in order to best outfit them with new utilities and amenities.
The smaller schools may require the most intensive work compared to the size of the school itself, unlike most of the high schools in the district which have extra space or can accommodate temporary classrooms.
“This is one of those things that if we’re going to move a whole school, we had better have something good for them to come back to after a year of not being there. It had better look good, have some of the pretty new things and a fresh coat of paint,” said Laura Schwalm, superintendent. “It has to be more than just having all new wiring.”
Although it is not sure that any of the schools would have to be moved to another site, it is definite that portable classrooms would be used as interim housing for most of the school sites at some point or another to facilitate updates.
According to Stuart Moe, the director of facilities, the total timeline could range anywhere from seven to ten years.
One of the benefits of the extended timeline would be that a lot could get done each year.
Sixty-four sites in GGUSD have been approved by the Division of the State Architect, while 12 sites are already on a list for funding set aside for projects, while approval for the other 46 sites is expected in Oct.
Moe said that the goal set out from the start of discussions on modernization is to “Accomplish a program that assures students and instruction are the top priority while undergoing an efficient and cost effective modernization program.”
One of the points of efficiency that was brought up was the contracting bid process. As there will be multiple projects going on at multiple schools over the course of many years, there will be annual lists made of approved bidders through a prequalification process.
Rick Nakano, director of business services, said that prequalification would be the most logical route to go for the extended timeline of the project scope.
These contracting bidders would go through a normal bidding program for item or site contracts and be added to a list to be used each year as projects came up, thus streamlining the process.