The school board originally approved the construction of the
safety netting in November 2004, which they believed would be
completed in time for baseball season in March. But they voted on
conceptual drawings presented by the former facilities head Ali
Kiafar, not an actual bid on a contract to complete the project.
According to the district, the communication problems between the
facilities team, the board and the rest of the district that have
plagued the district have been cleared up, leading to the approval of
a $760,297 bid for the project in July and the beginning of actual
construction over the summer.
"We're well on track and on schedule," said Jellison, who said the
poles for the project have been manufactured and will be galvanized
by the end of the week.
"They're not something you just buy off the shelf at a local
yard," Jellison said of the poles. "They're custom fabricated poles.
That's the biggest portion, then we start the site work."
The poles will be in place by mid-September and the nets will be
in place by mid-October, he said. Completion of projects are
scheduled for Oct. 30.
The installation of the waterproofing membrane on the tennis court
at Burbank High School will also be done by the end of this week,
Jellison said. During its original construction under the old
facilities team, a water proofing membrane was left off the court to
save money, which led to leaking and lime damage to the parking lot
and cars below during rain storms this past winter.
"They've filled 8,000 feet of linear cracks," said Jellison of the
construction crew working on the court. "It's a multi-layered process
to waterproof, and we're in the final stages."
The membrane is now installed and the construction crew is
preparing to paint the court after the anti-slip surface is finished.
Projects at other schools are also nearing completion.
John Muir Principal Dan Hacking is pleased with new landscape.
"My main thing is the education of the kids and how the site looks
is vital to the school culture," Hacking said.
He also touted the new facilities maintenance team, which has been
headed by Jellison since Kaifar resigned in December 2004.
"Things fall on a far more receptive ear," Hacking said of the new
While the old facilities team used to work with the motto "on time
and under budget," that ideal doesn't always effectively address the
needs of district employees and students, Jellison said.
"I would have rather been on time and o7atf7 budget and given
people what they wanted instead having to go back at a later date,"