Hart Board to approve developer resolutions, fee amendments
The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal
By Christina Cox
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board is expected to approve two resolutions and four fee amendments for construction projects during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Before moving into these items, the Governing Board is also expected to hear a site report from Bowman High School Principal Robin Geissler.

According to her prepared report, Geissler will detail the upcoming indicators and accountability measures expected to appear to continuation schools on the California School Dashboard.

She also will review successful transition rates, or SAVE Rates, for student subgroups from 2014-15 to 2016-17 that include 5th year seniors, foster youth, homeless students, students experiencing poverty and English Language students.

Geissler’s presentation also includes information about the school’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals.

In 2016-17, the school accomplished its goals of increasing CAASPP testing results in ELA and math by 2 percent, and increasing results in math concepts and procedures for Hispanic males by 3 percent.

Its goals for the upcoming school year include: increasing ELA District Performance Task scores from fall 2017 to spring 2018, Bowman’s SAVE Rate, Algebra benchmark test passage rate for Hispanic males and student assignments to develop multi-media presentations.

It also hopes to train 100 percent of staff in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Training that focuses on how bias, stereotypes, and micro-aggression affect relationships.

Resolutions

The Governing Board is also expected to present a resolution that details its intent to dedicate an easement to the Newhall County Water District (NCWD) at Hart High School for roadway and utilities purposes.

Historically, the fire, irrigation and water systems were interconnected on Hart High School’s campus, according to the agenda item.

However, as part of the school’s infrastructure project, the district determined that these water systems require new, separate connections to Newhall County Water District water mains located under Newhall Avenue and Kansas Street on the east and south side of the campus.

If approved, the easement would allow NCWD staff to enter what is now district property to install, maintain and repair water system connections.

The resolution of intent is the first step in the process of approving the easement.  The board will then set a public hearing and is required to comply with steps to post and publish the resolution.

The Governing Board is also expected to approve a resolution to allow Castaic High School Construction Company, Inc., the contractor for Castaic High School, to comply with Senate Bill 693 instead of Education Code 17407.5.

Education Code—amended by SB 693—requires every lease-leaseback contract to enforce that contractors, like Castaic High School Construction Company, and all subcontractors use “skilled and trained workforce” to perform the construction work.

However, Section 11 of SB 693 states that the “skilled and trained workforce” requirements do not apply to contracts awarded before Jan. 1, 2017 and that school districts may approve a request by a contractor to comply with this bill instead of current Education Code.

Because the lease-leaseback contract was awarded to Castaic High School Construction Company in 2016, the Governing Board is expected to approve the request.

Fee Amendments

The Governing Board is also expected to approve four fee amendments for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project and the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

The first fee amendment is for work done by Ninyo & Moore for Division of State Architect (DSA) geotechnical monitoring and testing, special inspections and materials testing services for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project.

According to the agenda item, services—especially field welding inspections associated with structural steel—on the project are taking longer than anticipated.

The increased fee of $148,016 is expected to cover materials testing and special inspections on the project.

The second fee amendment is for work done by MTGL, Inc. for DSA in-plant inspection services for the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

Additional fees for the project will total $26,962.25 to continue inspection services for three additional weeks.

The third fee amendment is for work done by MTGL, Inc. for special testing and lab services at the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

Additional fees of $78,219.50 will allow MTGL to complete 60 days of additional special inspection services.

The final fee amendment finalizes negotiations between WLC Architects, Inc. and the district for construction administration work at the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

In April 2016, the district approved WLC Architects’ proposal to provide bid documents and construction administration as a percentage of the estimated construction total of $6,072,423.

However, actual construction costs, totaling more than $10 million, caused WLC to submit a formal proposal amendment for an increase of $384,344.

District staff rejected that request and negotiated the fee amendment based on the work.  The final, reduced fee amendment now totals $217,987.75, approximately $166,356 less than the original amendment request.

Additional Agenda Items

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal

Hart Board to approve developer resolutions, fee amendments

The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board is expected to approve two resolutions and four fee amendments for construction projects during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Before moving into these items, the Governing Board is also expected to hear a site report from Bowman High School Principal Robin Geissler.

According to her prepared report, Geissler will detail the upcoming indicators and accountability measures expected to appear to continuation schools on the California School Dashboard.

She also will review successful transition rates, or SAVE Rates, for student subgroups from 2014-15 to 2016-17 that include 5th year seniors, foster youth, homeless students, students experiencing poverty and English Language students.

Geissler’s presentation also includes information about the school’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals.

In 2016-17, the school accomplished its goals of increasing CAASPP testing results in ELA and math by 2 percent, and increasing results in math concepts and procedures for Hispanic males by 3 percent.

Its goals for the upcoming school year include: increasing ELA District Performance Task scores from fall 2017 to spring 2018, Bowman’s SAVE Rate, Algebra benchmark test passage rate for Hispanic males and student assignments to develop multi-media presentations.

It also hopes to train 100 percent of staff in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Training that focuses on how bias, stereotypes, and micro-aggression affect relationships.

Resolutions

The Governing Board is also expected to present a resolution that details its intent to dedicate an easement to the Newhall County Water District (NCWD) at Hart High School for roadway and utilities purposes.

Historically, the fire, irrigation and water systems were interconnected on Hart High School’s campus, according to the agenda item.

However, as part of the school’s infrastructure project, the district determined that these water systems require new, separate connections to Newhall County Water District water mains located under Newhall Avenue and Kansas Street on the east and south side of the campus.

If approved, the easement would allow NCWD staff to enter what is now district property to install, maintain and repair water system connections.

The resolution of intent is the first step in the process of approving the easement.  The board will then set a public hearing and is required to comply with steps to post and publish the resolution.

The Governing Board is also expected to approve a resolution to allow Castaic High School Construction Company, Inc., the contractor for Castaic High School, to comply with Senate Bill 693 instead of Education Code 17407.5.

Education Code—amended by SB 693—requires every lease-leaseback contract to enforce that contractors, like Castaic High School Construction Company, and all subcontractors use “skilled and trained workforce” to perform the construction work.

However, Section 11 of SB 693 states that the “skilled and trained workforce” requirements do not apply to contracts awarded before Jan. 1, 2017 and that school districts may approve a request by a contractor to comply with this bill instead of current Education Code.

Because the lease-leaseback contract was awarded to Castaic High School Construction Company in 2016, the Governing Board is expected to approve the request.

Fee Amendments

The Governing Board is also expected to approve four fee amendments for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project and the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

The first fee amendment is for work done by Ninyo & Moore for Division of State Architect (DSA) geotechnical monitoring and testing, special inspections and materials testing services for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project.

According to the agenda item, services—especially field welding inspections associated with structural steel—on the project are taking longer than anticipated.

The increased fee of $148,016 is expected to cover materials testing and special inspections on the project.

The second fee amendment is for work done by MTGL, Inc. for DSA in-plant inspection services for the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

Additional fees for the project will total $26,962.25 to continue inspection services for three additional weeks.

The third fee amendment is for work done by MTGL, Inc. for special testing and lab services at the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

Additional fees of $78,219.50 will allow MTGL to complete 60 days of additional special inspection services.

The final fee amendment finalizes negotiations between WLC Architects, Inc. and the district for construction administration work at the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

In April 2016, the district approved WLC Architects’ proposal to provide bid documents and construction administration as a percentage of the estimated construction total of $6,072,423.

However, actual construction costs, totaling more than $10 million, caused WLC to submit a formal proposal amendment for an increase of $384,344.

District staff rejected that request and negotiated the fee amendment based on the work.  The final, reduced fee amendment now totals $217,987.75, approximately $166,356 less than the original amendment request.

Additional Agenda Items

  • Conduct a public hearing to review the proposed amendments to the district’s Conflict of Interest code, which include modified working, an altered title and a deletion of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Science Charter School
  • Hear a presentation on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) rollout for grades 7, 8 and 9
  • Review the current impact of social media on student behavior and school discipline
  • Approve the Dashboard Alternative School Status Eligibility Certification for Sequoia School to be excluded from fall 2017 Dashboard release
  • Approve Change Order No. 1 of $29,761 to Triangle Enterprises, Inc. for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project Bid Package No. 1
  • Approve Change Order No. 2 of $34,821to Pro-Craft Construction, Inc. for the Saugus High School Auditorium Project Bid Package No. 2

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.