Pasadena School Board Scheduled to OK Contracts

Published : Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 3:07 PM

The Board of Education of the Pasadena Unified School District is expected to approve a number of contracts related to improving facilities at several Pasadena Unified School District schools when it meets Thursday, April 26, at the Hudson Avenue Pasadena Unified offices.

Among the projects listed on the agenda is the addition of three portable classrooms at Jackson Elementary School in Altadena, although the project will involve moving three unused portables from Washington Elementary School to Jackson. The contract for approval is with WLC Architects, which will modify the three additional portable project to include fencing and a gate to be part of the base bid document.

At Norma Coombs Elementary School, Pasadena Unified is seeking approval from the Board of Education to revise the architectural and engineering design contract for a long-pending project to build new classroom and administration buildings. Flewelling and Moody Architects is seeking an increase in the contract, to reflect the increase in estimated construction costs. The construction contract was awarded to Shenk Developers in 2012 for over $6.5 million.

Other projects mentioned in the agenda for Thursday include a New Construction Campus Enrichment project at Washington Accelerated Elementary School, a Sierra Madre Upper Campus Improvements project, a Blair IB Magnet School Modernization project, and a John Muir High School Modernization project.

At Pasadena High School, a Testing and Inspection contract with RMA Group will also be discussed Thursday.

Pasadena Unified is also seeking Board approval for a Memorandum of Understanding with Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) for the use of a vacant classroom on the campus of John Muir High School as administrative office space for a period of 24 months. OBA, a California benefit nonprofit corporation, has been working with Pasadena Unified students since 1959, providing nature-based and in-class leadership experiences that serve to upgrade their academic and social skills.

The nonprofit has expanded its work to include drug awareness programs, drop-out recovery, anti-gang education, and counseling. OBA has been serving Pasadena Unified schools from an off-campus base, then moved onto the John Muir campus in 2010.

The group and its Executive Director, Charles Thomas, is asking for the use of administrative office space at John Muir’s Building G to more conveniently support the students’ needs and expand its education programs.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the Board of Education will present a Special Recognition for Field Elementary School and Hamilton Elementary, which were among California’s Distinguished Schools for 2018.

The Board will also be hear a presentation on a Preliminary Analysis of Pasadena Unified Student Assignments and Recommended Practices for Promoting Socioeconomic Desegregation and Avoiding Racial or Ethnic Isolation.

Thursday Board of Education meeting begins at 4 p.m. with a closed session, and proceeds to the open meeting at about 6 p.m. The Board meets at the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room at Pasadena Unified headquarters, 351 South Hudson Avenue in Pasadena.








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