Weekly Feature

2017-09-14 / Education

Cleveland Hill approves $545K capital project contract


After hearing the company’s proposal and settling on a fee, Cleveland Hill’s Board of Education chose Campus Construction Management to steer work in the district’s $10.9 million capital project, scheduled to get under way next summer.

At a meeting last week, board members unanimously approved a contract in which the district agreed to pay the company $545,000 for its services, or 5 percent of the total project cost.

District Business Administrator Thomas Murphy said he was able to talk Campus down from an initially proposed fee of 5.21 percent, or approximately $568,000, given that the company also proposed to complete work six months earlier than originally estimated.

“Less than 2 years, and looking at 5.21, seemed a little high on the expenditure side, so we went back and they brought it down to the base of what they presented at 5 percent,” he said.

Superintendent Jon MacSwan commended Murphy for saving the district approximately $23,000, later indicating that the $545,000 cost of Campus’ services has been built into the incidentals portion of the project’s budget.

During a presentation to the board on Aug. 16, Campus Construction representatives promised to drive down costs by maximizing competition between contractors during the bidding process and providing a master plan that will keep them on schedule and working as a team.

“If that’s not done thoroughly and accurately, the contractors don’t know the plan, so you’re going to have individual prime contractors responsible for their piece of the work, and quite frankly, they’re going to be selfish,” said Kevin Donaghue, a project executive with the company. “We provide that link to make sure they’re all coordinated and working together, not only at the bid phase to understand the plan, but through the course of the project.”

Also during the meeting, David Evans, the district’s assistant superintendent of pupil personnel, said Cleveland Hill will not be reapplying for the Mentor Teacher Internship Program grant, which will expire after the 2017-18 academic year.

He said that since the district hasn’t been hiring teachers who are new to the field, the grant no longer applies.

“Most of the teachers that we are hiring are experienced,” he said. “It’s been a great grant that we’ve had for these five years, but it’s not something that makes sense for us moving forward.”

Evans said that over the past four years, the district has used most of the approximately $43,000 it has received yearly through the grant toward instructional materials, technology, mentor stipends and other expenses related to professional development at the middle school.

Responding to questions from the board, he said that should the district hire a teacher who’s new to the field in the future, it does have a mentor program in place, as required by state law.

The board will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the community room of the district offices, 105 Mapleview Road.

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