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Superintendent Appoints Bond Oversight, CM/GC Committees
Nine community members have been appointed by Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson to serve on a Construction Manager/General Contractor Task Force, which would facilitate the district’s use of local contractors on school construction projects.
If voters approve the proposed capital improvements bond on May 17, four of the CM/GC members will be appointed to serve on a bond oversight committee, as well. This will help to fulfill the school district’s pledge to provide transparent decision-making and communication about the progress of bond projects.
“While I cannot predict future costs perfectly, nor can I predict precisely how the bond sales will go or if one project has unexpected problems that could affect the other projects, please know this: Ethics and trust are very important to me as a superintendent and as a human being,” Rinearson said. “Although I cannot promise beyond a shadow of doubt each and every project listed will be realized, I am committed to building what we say we will build. I am also committed to a very open community oversight process so if unexpected things occur, there will be transparency on the decision making,” he said.
Community members have been involved with the bond planning process that began more than three years ago, and they will continue to be involved through its completion should the bond be approved at the polls, school district officials said. If the bond passes, oversight committee members will review progress on project improvements, and recommend project modifications to account for decreases or increases in construction costs.
Rich Belloni of Newport, director of LCSD Support Services, explains that it makes sense for the oversight committee to be comprised of community members who are serving on the CM/CG Task Force. “These committee members have a good understanding of the proposed projects. They are familiar with our schools. They know construction and finances,” Belloni said. “These people are well respected in their communities for getting things done, and they’ll be ready to hit the ground running if the bond passes.”
The oversight committee will include:
David Green of Lincoln City – district manager and senior vice president of West Coast Bank.
Don Davis of Newport – former long-time city manager for the city of Newport.
Ron Beck of Newport – engineering specialist with Central Lincoln People’s Utility District (PUD) and current school board chairman.
Jim Chambers of Toledo – Lincoln County parks supervisor and former Toledo mayor.
Bill Turner of Waldport – retired electrical engineer/physicist who is active in several community and government boards and committees.
Along with Chambers, Davis, Green and Turner, the other CM/GC committee members are Julie Baldwin, manager of LCSD Business Services; Rich Belloni, director of LCSD Support Services; Brenda Brown, Toledo city utility clerk and current school board member; Peter Gintner, partner in a Newport law firm with expertise in the CM/GC process; and Jim Lewis, principal architect with gLAs Architects in Eugene.
District officials have been told that the CM/GC method of procurement would be beneficial for the proposed bond projects in that established project budgets will not exceeded and that it is important to maintain the highest level of project management throughout all phases of design and construction. Establishing a guaranteed maximum price for a project budget at the earliest possible date is only possible under a CM/GC approach.
Scheduling project construction is critical, as some of the projects involve displacing students and/or continuing school operations during construction. Experience in meeting critical scheduling challenges while maintaining a safe school environment with minimal impact to students and school staff will be a primary consideration in selecting a CM/GC.
Construction on the Oregon Coast requires unique skills and experience to handle such concerns as water intrusion, wind damage, schedule delays and unexpected cost overruns due to inclement weather, selecting appropriate exterior materials, etc. Experience working in the coastal environment will be another one of the primary considerations in CM/GC selection.
To meet the school district’s stated goal of using local subcontractors and suppliers as much as legally possible, the CM/GC will be asked to evaluate the local availability of critical skills and products, assist in encouraging local bidding activity, and develop bid packages that facilitate local involvement. The CM/GC process offers greater flexibility in this regard than competitive bidding.
For more information or answers to questions from the public, please call Lincoln County Schools at 541-265-4401, 4403, or 4412.
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