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PV school district delays playgrounds, seeks lower bids

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — Students at 11 Pajaro Valley Unified School District elementary schools were supposed to have new playground equipment when they arrived for their first day this year.

When the bids to install it came in too high, however, the district iced the work.

The new equipment came thanks to Measure L, a $150 million bond approved by voters in November to partly cover a laundry list of repair, construction and upgrade projects throughout the district’s 35 aging facilities.

The district has already purchased the equipment for the schools, but it is languishing unwrapped after bids to install it came in at an average of 35-45 percent higher than was originally estimated, said PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden.

“That’s the disappointment,” he said. “We wanted to show the community we are moving fast. It came down to a hard decision, but I wasn’t going to send a message to the construction community that we’re going to accept a higher bid the first time out just for the sake of expediency.”

McFadden has recommended that the PVUSD Board of Trustees reject the bids, which they are expected to approve Wednesday at the twice-monthly meeting.

For the complete article see the 08-27-2013 issue.

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