SUSD to debate building of latest library, flex room at college websites

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The Saugus Union School District will discuss contracts for two new construction projects taking place at two school locations during the district’s regular board meeting on March 9th.

SUSD saw two new construction projects starting in 2022: one as a new flexible classroom at Cedarcreek Elementary and the other as a new building for six classrooms and a library at Skyblue Mesa Elementary.

“The classroom is expected to be used as a science laboratory, among other things,” said SUSD Superintendent Colleen Hawkins. “That’s why it’s called flex space, because it’s not just for a specific purpose.”

According to official information, the additions to Skyblue are intended to improve reading resources for students

“Skyblue Mesa never had a permanent library,” said Nick Heinlein, assistant superintendent of business services for SUSD. “There’s a portable building that acted as a library on this site and it’s a great short-term solution, but we ultimately needed a permanent place for a library.”

Funding for the library and classroom building will be provided by the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts, which constitute a portion of the homeowner’s property taxes on the school infrastructure for a total of $ 7.4 million.

Nine companies submitted bids to the district, the lowest bid being from The Nazerian Group. The district recommends that the board approve the offer on Tuesday. After approval, construction is scheduled to begin on September 29, 2022 and is expected to be completed on November 11, 2022.

The new 1,900 square meter Flex classroom in the Cedarcreek Elementary is being modified by SGH Architects compared to the existing building.

Funding for the Flex Classroom will be paid out by Measure EE and amount to US $ 210,600. The project is expected to start in September 2022, with no completion date set.

A proposal for the building was received by the district officials according to the budget of the meeting and will be part of the discussion of the board.

The Saugus Union School District board meeting is practically on March 9th at 6 p.m. and can be viewed via Zoom https://bit.ly/2OcJIHe with Zoom ID 839 6641 5481.