New committee members get brought up to speed
The Lake Oswego Bond Accountability Committee held a meeting Thursday, Nov. 7 to welcome new members and discuss status updates on the schedules and budgets of various projects around the district.
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) was created by the school board and former Superintendent Heather Beck in August 2017, as a way to monitor the planning and progress of the projects related to the $187 million bond passed earlier that year.
It's a citizen committee charged with upholding transparency and accountability in regards to the district's effective use of bond funds.
Beside providing oversight, BAC members are to be liaisons in their communities, able and available to answer questions and hear concerns.
The meeting started with an introduction of the four new board members: Tom Cole, Brian Doran, Victor Millan-Simpkins and Gregory Saliba.
They discussed the upcoming appointment of a chair of the committee, a decision that would be made at a later date.
Projects for the bond are mostly on track, though some projects, such as the Lakeridge Middle School replacement project, have seen some delays.
Tony Vandenberg, executive director of project management, brought the committee up to speed on schedule and budget changes.
Due to design changes, the new Lakeridge Middle School isn't set to be complete until seven days after the 2020-2021 school year begins. The schedule delays are due to unforeseen issues related to differences in soil conditions, the delivery of concrete blocks being behind schedule and delayed building permits, among other things.
The delays did cause changes to the budget for the project. Skanska, the contracting team, is estimating the cost to implement changes at $3 million. The budget has sufficient contingency funds to cover the costs and the bond team is watching the changes to ensure costs are appropriate.
Still, the project is progressing. Work in the science and music wings and north classrooms is underway, and the contacting team is set to continue recovery schedule efforts.
Mortenson Construction was chosen to head up the Hallinan Elementary School remodel project.
The next step is to decide on the best approach for completing the project. The two possible scenarios for construction are: completing the project over two summers (2020 and 2021), or starting the project summer of 2020 and completing at the end of the first semester, keeping students and staff in place during construction.
The final decision is set to be made with Mortenson Construction this year.
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