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8A Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Steve Wathen Staff Writer swathen@plumasnews.com Have you ever paced up and down the aisles of a hardware store looking for just the right product to use to solve your problem at home? Well, the Plumas Unified School District is doing just that in trying to decide what products to use in solving the many problems it has with existing school buildings. What to do about old portable school buildings? Students are still using some of the portable build- ings that are scheduled to be demolished and replaced by permanent buildings. The problem is, these portables won't be replaced for approximately three years and yet those same portables need to have their roofs replaced this summer in order to make it through winter. The cost of reroofmg is approximately $19,000 per portable. The board was therefore left with a dilemma. The board did not want to spend money on portables that would later be demolished. Yet, the district needs those portables for the next three years. In addition, said school board member Dwight Pierson, the portables are not well insulated, wasting a lot of energy and money, and are not very conducive to learning. Joleen Cline, fellow school board member, felt that if the board was going to spend $19,000 on a building, in the public's eye, the district might be obligated to keep that building. It was noted that a reroofed portable would last another 10 years. Cline said that she would prefer to see the district build a fewer number of state-of-the-art replacements for demolished portables than keep more surviving portables around. She mentioned that steel buildings might be a more durable and cost effective option in the long-term as compared with wood framed buildings. Pierson then asked if it would be better to have slanted roofs rather than flat roofs, as flat roofs have more of a tendency to leak than " slanted roofs. Making the right choices All the talk about what to do about portable school buildings led into a discussion about making the right construction choices. Several board members were concerned that making construction choices was a complicated process, but that perhaps no one with the proper knowledge and experience was overseeing that process. Pierson asked if the district was planning to just replace repaired project items with the same materials or was the district looking at all the options, including new techrfologies. He told the staff, for instance, that there are insulated window covering systems on the market that cover windows when they are not needed, for instance at night or when rooms are not in use, but than can be opened during daylight hours when rooms are in use. These save both energy and money, bus barn has been in bad They also announced that building will have to be meet Pierson summarized, "We shape for 15 years. The roof is repairs to the Greenville gym, current earthquake, disability are looking for the best literally caving in." subject to water damage in and safety standards. product for the money" and Leslie Edlund, school board the past, should be finished Oestreich said that ff the that involves knowing what president, said she had no by the end of October. building is not used to house all the options are that are problem with the need to students, plans will not have available for every project, rer0of the bus barn. However, Biomass heating of Quincyto go through the California Pierson then asked the she felt that prioritizing the High Division of the State district staff, "Who is writing repair of the bus barn, an After further discussion on Architect. the specifications for our administrative build,g, June 10, the school boardThe district will be asking a Measure B projects?" would send the wrong mes-voted to accept a grant from contracting firm to look at Measure B, which was sage to the public. She said the U.S. Department of the building and estimate the passed in November 2016, is the public had been told that Agriculture for $250,000.scope of work that would be to be used to fund a backlog Measure B funds would be This money will help fund a needed to restore the building of repairs or replacements used to repair or replace$315,000 design of a wood bio- and what that work would needed to PUSD facilities, school buildings, mass-fueled boiler and heat cost. He and other board Oestreich later said that it distribution system for members suggested that was decided that school Quincy High School. The dis- Pioneer School hiring an independent district general funds, and trict will be contributing Plumas Charter School architect or engineer to not Measure B funds, would $65,000 toward paying for that told PUSD in May that it will oversee construction choices be used to repair the busdesign, not be able to move into the might be worth the money if barn. If, after viewing the above new building it is hoping to there was no one on staff study, the district decides to build on Kelsey Lane, near with the expertise. Preventive maintenance go ahead with building the Quincy High School, until Daniel Malugani, the new plan biomass-fueled system, it will June 2019, at the earliest. PUSD Measure B contract Pierson reiterated his belief cost the district anotherThe charter school was manager, said that he and that having a preventative $462,000 to complete the originally hoping to move Ray Bakker, PUSD's new .m0.inten.ance plan, if closely project. However, the cost of out of the school district's supervisor ot maintenance muowea, would save the building the biomass Pioneer School site and into and operations, make the district money and facilities heating system would be an existing building first cut on what construction over the long run. "It isclose to the cost of other somewhere else in Quincy options to select for a given proactive rather than heating systems no matterby June 2018. They were not project, reactive," he said. what fuel was used to fire able to do this and so are They then work with He was informed that the boilers, pursuing building their own outside consultants, Bakker, was currently being building. The permitting construction firms with trained in the design andChurch Street School process is also taking longer experience working in implementation of a The board has decided to than Taletha Washburn, Northern California, preventative maintenance save the Quincy Elementary PCS director, had manufacturers, the state and plan. School building on Churchestimated. many others to get input on Street. The board has given Pierson said that the PUSD what the final construction Work being completed by district staff until October to board is just waiting for PCS choices should be. PUSD this summer come up with a plan to repair to let it know what their plans Malugani said that he and Oestreich and Malugani the building, are. Bakker have 14 and 30 years announced that the schoolPierson said that district Oestreich said the school experience, respectively, in district is replacing roofs staff and the board are district has decided to turn engineering and operations, on portable buildings, exploring various options for the Pioneer School campus purchasing new classroom using the building once it is into a primary school Public perceptions furniture, installing repaired, learning center. The center District staff was boundary fences and painting Pierson noted that the work would house preschool, suggesting that the district the interiors of school on the 141-year-old building kindergarten, transitional, spend $230,000 of Measure B buildings this summer. Much will be expensive and will Head Start and other early funds to reroof the bus barn. of this work is being done take years to complete, childhood programs once Terry Oestreich, school using district maintenance Contractors will have to pay PCS has moved into its new superintendent, said "The funds, prevailing wages and the home. EBB CALL OR ~,~:: ....... ............................ STOP BY ANY OF OUR J LOCATIONS: ~', .............................................................................................................................................. ;,;:~,- .............................. ~,,~ T~E~T~E 1 NIP~k$ Ataln St.. 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