ISD's Board of Trustees, Citizens' Oversight Committee and Facilities Planning
Committee met in joint session on Dec. 3, reaching a consensus that a new Bayshore Elementary School should be constructed
on its current site.
formal action was taken, Superintendent Lloyd Graham polled committee and Board
members present, and support for a new facility was unanimous. The Board of Trustees will consider the
replacement of Bayshore as an action item at the Dec. 16 Board meeting, to be
held at 7 p.m. at the LPISD Administration Building, 1002 San Jacinto St. The Board and Administration also will
receive public comment on Bayshore during the meeting.
located at 301 Fairfield
in Shoreacres, has been closed since Hurricane Ike, when the school was flooded
by up to 16 inches of storm surge water.
Recovery efforts began immediately following the storm, and Bayshore
students were relocated to five other LPISD elementary campuses when schools
reopened on Sept. 29.
The meeting began with
representatives from Perspectiva, the district's construction program manager,
providing a status report on existing bond sales and construction projects from
the 2005 bond program. They also
reported on project costs and up-to-date expenditures.
Following the presentation,
Superintendent Lloyd W. Graham led the discussion about Bayshore, presenting the
preliminary findings of Tellepsen Builders, L.P., and PBK Architects. At its Nov. 11 meeting, the Board approved
Tellepsen to serve as construction manager-agent and PBK Architects to provide
architectural services for the estimation of repairs needed at Bayshore.
The estimate included repairs
necessary due to Hurricane Ike as well as required Americans with Disabilities
Act upgrades and replacement of mechanical and/or building systems at the
practical ends of their life cycles.
Graham explained that
approximately $8 million would be needed to make the repairs at Bayshore that
resulted from storm damage as well as to complete the ADA requirements and life-cycle
replacements. By repairing the school,
he anticipated that Bayshore students could return to their building with the
start of the 2009-2010 school year.
However, no reasonable amount of repairs or upgrades can raise the
current elevation from 10 feet above sea level and alleviate future concerns
about flooding, he said.
Graham added that the hard
construction cost of a new elementary school with a capacity for 750 students
would be approximately $15 million on a clean, green-field site. When necessary soft costs (architectural/engineering
fees, permits, furnishings and contingencies) are considered, the preliminary
estimate totals approximately $18.5 million. The current Bayshore facility
would need to be demolished and the site raised approximately four feet, with
the cost estimated at $750,000, he said.
The majority of the cost of the
construction of Bayshore could be covered by $10.3 million in unallocated funds
and $2 million in funds allocated for Bayshore in the 2005 bond program, Graham
In addition, FEMA dollars are
being aggressively pursued by the Administration; however, when these avenues
are exhausted, the Bayshore project will likely create the need for
reallocation of a small portion of 2005 bond funds.
The new facility can be
scheduled for substantial completion on Dec. 30, 2009, which would allow
Bayshore students to begin classes in the new building in January 2010,
following the winter break.
of Trustees, Administration and Staff, and citizens on our Oversight and
Facilities Planning Committees recognize that we need to move as quickly as
possible to provide our Bayshore families with a school in their area," Graham
said. "We believe that a new
state-of-the-art educational facility will not only benefit our Bayshore
students, but also provide the potential for consideration of elementary magnet
programs and, furthermore, address our extended school family's desire to help
our community heal."
Bayshore facility has been the hub of the Shoreacres area since its
construction in 1966.