Wesley Gene Backus-Cerritos Seeks to trim building delays
Cerritos seeks to trim building delays By RALPH McCUJHG . Slalf Writer Caught between high construction costs and the lack of action on the part of the Slate Allocations Board, trustees of the ABC Unified School District are seeking a means to expedite construction of the projected Cerntos High School. . ,, , Last month the trustees were stymied when the lowest lowest acceptable bid for the first increment of the school came in at 5280,400 liigher than allowed by the state U At that time, Henry Wright, chief of the architectural architectural firm of Kistner, Wright and Wright suggested and the trustees agreed that the entire lugh school could be built at a lower per square foot price if bids were taken under a single contract. . Overall cost of the s c h o o 1, to be located at 183rd Street and Bloomfield Avenue, opposite the projected Cerritos Civic Center is $5.3 million. Meanwhile, the architects' working drawings on the complete 55,000-square-foot school plant is more than 35 per cent completed and. a call for bids is tentatively scheduled for March to, 1972. However, trustee Bruce Young expressed the opinion that negotiations should be sought with Nick Pokrajac, Inc., lowest bidder, to eliminate certain portions of the original plan to bring it in line with funds allowable by the stat- board. He noted this would put students of Cerritos High School, now attending Gahr High School on half-day sessions sessions in their own plant approximately five months earlier earlier and eliminate half-day sessions at Gahr High School. Trustee Wesley Backus said he felt gains could be made only if the board would put pressure on state officials officials in regard to the dire need for additional classrooms in the district. He suggested representatives of the board and the administration make a second trip to Sacramento Sacramento if necessary to expedite initial allocations. The ABC district holds one of the top three priorities in the stale and is expected to be considered for an allocation allocation at the state board's Dec. 15 meeting. However, it lias not been determined if the ABC district will be included included in the $3 million to be allocated at Uiat time. In a report from Charles Valenclch, principal at the recently completed Mary Bragg Elementary School he informed the board that the schoolwent o f f ! a l f - d sions Monday, thus placing an additional 300 students In the full-day classes. The school, located at 11501 Bos St., Cerritos, will be formally dedicated in ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, the principal said. Carson City Council hears carolers By BOB ANDRES ' Staff Writer Christmas songs by a 69-voice chorus of pupils' from Bonita Street Ele.- mentary School set a tone of harmony Monday that can-led through the remainder remainder of a heavy Carson City Council agenda. About the only note of discord was sounded by V/oodie Cobb, a candidate for the vacant council seat, who read a 10-poinl list of questions challenging various various aspects of the city's first redevelopment plan. The plan was unanimously unanimously approved by the councilmen -- in their capacity capacity as the city redevelopment redevelopment agency -- and forwarded forwarded to a scheduled public hearing next Mon. Mon. day by the council as such. AFTER II E A H I N G Cobb's objections, presented presented in the name of the Casa Dominguez Homeowners Association, the council directed directed the city administrator administrator to prepare an answer to the letter. The council also formally formally adopted the _city's first general plan, again with Cobb raising the only objections. Earlier comments comments by Cobb about the plan had resulted in correction of typographical errors and some modification modification of the plan. Among the changes were the deletion of an out-dated schematic drawing of the civic center which provided provided for a library within that area, and inclusion of maps showing the street pattern in the future regional regional shopping center and in a proposed ISO-acre park. However, there . was more discussion about construction construction of a restroom and snackbar building at Carson Park than there was on either the redevelopment redevelopment plan or general plan. THE RESTROOM facility facility was originally projected to cost about $20,000, but the final low bid on the project was ?30,441. Park and Recreation Director Howard Homan reported that the increase was due in part to a 12 per cent inflation factor since the plans were drawn more than a year ago. Even with deletion of five optional items the project would only have been reduced reduced to $28,000, Homan said.