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Hart board questions school project costs

Posted: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
This concept art shows the revamped auditorium at Canyon High school. This concept art shows the revamped auditorium at Canyon High school.
This concept art shows the revamped auditorium at Canyon High school.

Plans to build a bond-funded auditorium and complete other improvement projects at Canyon High School are progressing, but some Hart district board members bristled at last week’s meeting over a price tag estimated at more than $10 million.

The project entails construction of a 450-seat auditorium, along with modernization of the nearby music building and other site modifications to build the auditorium.

The price tag for the project is estimated at $10,756,078, according to a figures from a Cumming Corporation report that was commissioned by the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The Canyon High School fund allocation for the project is $15 million, coming from Measure SA bond funds.

Several members of the Hart district board said Wednesday night they think the auditorium should come cheaper than that.

“Fifteen million dollars is too expensive,” said board President Joe Messina. “Way too expensive.”

Board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine echoed the sentiment, saying she and Messina had toured other school auditoriums that had been built for much cheaper.

“As we visited and looked around other schools, they were building their auditoriums for about $6 (million) to $7 million,” she said.

A similar auditorium project is also planned for Saugus High School. That project will also be funded through Measure SA.

The plan is for the district to use a “lease-leaseback” construction method for the Canyon High School auditorium project, according to district Chief Operations Officer Ben Rodriguez.

“The lease-leaseback construction delivery method typically involves the school district leasing the project site to a contractor for purposes of having the contractor construct the facilities, subleasing the project site, and leasing the improvements constructed by the contractor back to the school district,” reads a board report from the Hart district.
This allows contractors to be more involved in the planning aspectof the project, which can lead to a more accurate picture of the project’s scope and cost, Rodriguez said.

“The idea is to get as much information up front and make sure we answer all those questions so that way when the contractor goes off to build it, he knows exactly what he’s doing,” Rodriguez said.
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