#BuildD60 Updates

#BuildD60 Status Update: Dec. 5, 2019

posted by Anthony Sandstrom

With the passage of Ballot Question 4A by Pueblo voters on Nov. 5, Pueblo School District 60 and its stakeholders have begun initial plans for the improvements related to the voter-approved bond.

A key part of that bond passage is to provide continual updates to the community about each step in the process.

On Nov. 20, the process of constructing new Centennial and East high schools began with the issuance of the Request for Qualifications for Architectural/Engineering Services. This means that firms could begin making proposals to secure the contract to design the schools. The submission deadline is Dec. 11, 2019 and the final award of the contract is scheduled for the January 2020 Board of Education meeting.

Currently, applications are being reviewed by the Superintendent’s Office for the seven- to nine-member Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC). It is anticipated that on Dec. 10, the District 60 Board of Education will appoint members to that committee. 

The specific responsibilities of the CBAC are to:

  • Actively monitor the status of all Bond Program projects through information provided by district staff and provide feedback as appropriate;
  • Participate in scheduled site visits during construction;
  • Review with district staff any significant revisions to the master schedule and the scope and budget of projects;
  • Prepare and present quarterly and annual reports to the Board of Education that represent a consensus of the CBAC membership. Such reports shall review progress on completion of Bond Program projects, expenditures of bond funds, and implementation of ballot language approved by the voters.
  • These responsibilities shall continue through completion of all 2019 Bond Program projects, culminating with a final summary report to the Board of Education.

Additionally, D60 is in the process of hiring a Bond Construction Project Manager/Owner Field Representative. This individual will serve as the on-site supervisor, and report directly to Robert Lawson, District 60 Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Management. The Project Manager will not have any independent decision-making authority. All decision-making authority will be managed by Lawson, and will be made public to the CBAC and the Board of Education through transparent periodic reports.

The search for a Bond Construction Project Manager/Owner Field Representative is currently ongoing, and interested individuals can still apply.


First steps of the process

At the Nov. 5 Pueblo District 60 Board of Education meeting, District 60 Financial Officer David Horner updated board members on the preliminary stages of the projects outlined in the Bond Program.

Horner outlined the following upcoming dates as the bond program gets underway. As more details are known, future updates will include more information.

Dec. 10, 2019 (tentative): All applications received for the Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) will be reviewed by the Superintendent’s Office. Recommendations will be sent to the District 60 Board of Education, with committee members appointed at the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting.

Dec. 11, 2019 (tentative): Submission deadline for Architectural/Engineering Services contract.

Jan. 7, 2020 (tentative): First Meeting of Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee will take place. A Chair and Vice Chair will be elected, and the meeting calendar will be developed. 

Mid-January (tentative): The sale of the $218 million is expected to be finalized. District is in the process of hiring an Architect and General Contractors for the two new high schools. Design of the new school will start as soon as the Architect and Contractor are hired.

Spring/Summer 2020 (tentative): Renovation work will begin at schools identified in the Bond question. Renovation work on electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems will get underway, continuing around students at the various schools. Work will be done over the next several years. 

During 2020: Design and blueprints will be drawn up for construction of East and Centennial High Schools. The schools will have nearly identical floor plans. 

Spring 2021-July 2023 (Tentative): Construction of East and Centennial begins, continuing until 2023. 

August 2023 (tentative): East and Centennial’s new buildings open for students.

District 60 seeking Bond Construction Project Manager

posted Nov 20, 2019, 3:54 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 3:58 PM ]

Pueblo School District 60 is now accepting applications for the Bond Construction Project Manager/Owner Field Representative, to serve as project manager for the $218 million Bond Program passed by Pueblo voters. 

The purpose of the Bond Construction Project Manager is to perform work in planning and managing capital design and construction, including major renovation projects, from conceptual initiation through construction closeout and occupancy.  Responsible for evaluating and overseeing construction projects including new buildings, additions, remodels, upgrades, and repairs to meet District requirements.  This position will manage overall schedules, coordinate between stakeholders, facilitate design submittal reviews, coordinate moving, procurements, interior design, negotiating and evaluating change orders, and meeting overall project scope and requirements within designated budgets. Responsible for managing project closeout, remediation processes, providing regular written project status reports, and assisting the Executive Director in long-term facilities planning and assessments for the District. This position is funded through a capital improvements bond and is term-limited.

For more information about this position or to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/D60BondMgr.

Full text of 2019 Ballot Question 4A

posted Nov 20, 2019, 9:23 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 9:48 AM ]

At a special meeting held on July 30, 2019, the Board of Education unanimously decided to ask Pueblo School District 60 voters if they will approve a $218.25 million bond issue for schools. The measure appeared on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot and was passed by a majority of Pueblo voters.

Since September 2015, the Board of Education had been engaged in a Facilities Master Plan process, assessing the condition of district facilities, listening to the school community, and studying the recommendations of architects, construction professionals, and community stakeholders. After an extensive public engagement process, numerous community meetings, and several surveys of the needs and desires of district taxpayers and constituents, the Board sought the issuance of general obligation bonds to replace, repair and update school facilities. 

The bond question that appeared on the ballot was as follows: 

SHALL PUEBLO SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 60 DEBT BE INCREASED $218.25 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $359.5 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $19.5 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPAIRING, IMPROVING, CONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING AND OTHERWISE UPDATING SCHOOL FACILITIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT AS MONITORED BY A CITIZENS’ BOND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

ADDRESSING CRITICAL NEEDS AT FOUR DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOLS BY MAKING PRIORITY REPAIRS, UPGRADES AND SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS TO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, AND CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING TWO NEW HIGH SCHOOLS FOR CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL AND EAST HIGH SCHOOL WITH EXPANDED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM SPACE, MODERN CLASSROOMS, AND EXPANDED ACCESS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTERS; AND
ADDRESSING CRITICAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS IN OTHER DISTRICT BUILDINGS, AND PROVIDING UPDATED SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEMS AND OTHER PRIORITY REPAIRS AND UPGRADES; 
BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME, AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE; SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE COST PARAMETERS SET FORTH ABOVE AND IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF; AND SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAXES AND SUCH BONDS (REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT) CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE; AND IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS SHALL THE DISTRICT’S DEBT LIMIT BE ESTABLISHED AT 6% OF THE ACTUAL VALUE OF THE DISTRICT’S TAXABLE PROPERTY AS PERMITTED BY LAW?

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