School board talking security fencing updates

Also: Textbook public hearing, Week of the Administrator, new Foothill doors

The Pleasanton school board is set to receive an update on the progress of security fencing projects currently being planned at Fairlands Elementary, Mohr Elementary and Harvest Park Middle School on Tuesday night.

New fencing at the three sites was one of the items approved by voters in 2016 as part of the Measure I1 facilities bond. Due to perceived urgency, the $1.5 million fencing project was designated earlier this year to receive some of the money from the bond's first issuance, along with the $10 million allocated to replace portable classrooms at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.

The projects include installing new fencing and replacing existing sections in need of repair.

"The new fencing at the three school sites will include security fencing around classrooms and play areas that are currently open to the public sidewalk and (in Mohr's case) park," said district spokesman Patrick Gannon.

In May, the board approved HKIT Architects for the projects, and over the summer, staff and the architects met to plan with various stakeholders, including site administrators, the city of Pleasanton, Zone 7 Water Agency, the maintenance department, Kids Club and the facilities sub-committee.

District standards stipulate that fencing at the front of a school be an ornamental metal black fence, and a galvanized chain link fence at the back and sides of a school.

Staff expect to submit plans to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for approval in November or December, then start the bidding process and put the project before the board for approval in January or February, with a targeted construction start date of spring break.

The open session meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* Trustees will consider approving a resolution recognizing Oct. 8-12 as Week of the Administrator, in accordance with a recent declaration by the state.

"School administrators are passionate, lifelong learners who believe in the value of quality public education," the resolution reads.

* Board members will discuss, hold a public hearing on and consider approving a resolution certifying the sufficiency of the district's TK-12 textbooks and science equipment availability.

* The board will consider approving the $172,000 bid from Opening Technologies to install upgraded door equipment at Foothill High School.

Bidding for this project was initially issued in August 2017, but the project cost came in higher than anticipated, so all bids were rejected and the project was re-scoped. The bidding process was initiated once again in May, and a month later the district awarded Bobo Construction with the contract to complete the upgrades, which include the installation of accessible locks at several locations on campus.

However, district staff expressed concerns when Bobo Construction said that additional work might be necessary, and so both groups agreed to rescind the previously approved contract.

Staff now recommends the board award the contract to Opening Technologies, the second-lowest bidder.

* The board will honor students nominated by their teachers for an exemplary display of the "Responsibility" character trait. They will also recognize the director of Northern California Cement Masons.

* During a closed session meeting starting at 6 p.m., trustees will confer on negotiations with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers and the California School Employees Association. They will also consider two unspecified compromise and release agreements and confer with legal counsel regarding one undisclosed case of anticipated litigation.

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