SPUSD board going ahead with modification plans

October 02, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Brian D. Wilson

Santa Paula Times

Trustees of the Santa Paula Unified School District have okayed spending just over $50,000 to move forward with plans to modify the district office on Steckel Drive.

The architectural firm of Anderson, Kulwiec and Appleby had previously come up with preliminary plans for modifying the building to accommodate the district staff.  The district administration is currently spread out at three different locations. The board approved a contract with the firm in June to study the current locations, needs of the district to relocate personnel, available resources and to prepare a proposal for such modifications. The architect earlier presented the space plan and schematic design for the project.

If the district goes ahead with the work it’s estimated that the construction costs would be about $338,000. That includes the modification of the main building, the Business Services building, furnishings if required, as well as site and landscape improvements.

The latest agreement calls on the architectural firm to go ahead with preparing construction documents, assisting the district in preparing the bid package, construction administration and furniture installation oversight.

Board member Michelle Kolbeck said she was hesitant to do anything until they have a master plan in place for the whole district. Superintendent Alfonso Gamino said he felt they should do the minimum now and then develop a master plan. Trustee Chris Wilson suggested looking at East Area 1 for a district office. In the end, all five board members voted to approve the contract.

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