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District Advances School Modernization and Construction Program

District Advances School Modernization and Construction Program

Redwood City School District (RCSD) is progressing to Phase II of its School Modernization and Construction program, following community approval of Measure S in November 2022. During its regularly scheduled meeting on April 17, 2024, the RCSD Board of Trustees heard an update on the program.

Van Pelt Construction Services Chosen: Van Pelt Construction Services (VPCS) secured the project management role after a rigorous Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Winter Initiatives: During the winter, Van Pelt Construction Services collaborated with RCSD staff on several fronts:

  • Analyzing energy efficiency systems.

  • Conducting RFPs for contractors.

  • Assessing potential construction sites.

  • Engaging with the Bond Oversight Committee.

Community Engagement: This spring, RCSD community members will have opportunities to provide input as RCSD revises the Facilities Master Plan, first drafted during the 2013-14 school year.

Focus on Safety: Phase I feedback emphasized the community’s strong emphasis on safety. The District heard the message loud and clear installing, repairing, and upgrading several campus safety features at all school campuses.

Upcoming Priorities:
During the April 17 Board meeting, School Board President Lawson highlighted forthcoming requests for climate-related input, particularly regarding HVAC systems for cooling.

Superintendent Dr. Baker underscored the need for restroom facilities near Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classrooms, following recent TK program expansion.

Financial System Approval: As part of the item on the Board agenda, the Board approved a Key Analytics Financial System for the Bond Program at a cost of $376,250, aimed at streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and saving staff time.