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ERUSD MEASURE ER COST REVIEW REPORT PROJECTS NEARLY $20 MILLION IN SAVINGS

Savings could be realized in Phases 2 and 3 also.

Monday July 29, 2019, 8:10 a.m.

STAFF REPORT

El Rancho Unified School District (El Rancho USD) announced this morning that the Measure ER bond construction program is projected to cost nearly $20 million less than originally expected. This announcement comes as a result of the bond construction project cost and master plan review by Cumming Corporation initiated by the district.

Cumming took over for HPLE and Jaime Ortiz, who was caught in a web of scandals and eventually resigned.

The scandal also swallowed up Board President Jose Lara, VP Gabriel Orosco, and Board member Leanne Ibarra.

Jaime Ortiz and HPLE Resigns From El Rancho Unified Bond Program Management Contract

Measure ER, a voter-approved $200 million school bond, will transform El Rancho High School, bringing students state-of-the-art facilities and a new stadium.

According to the report, the projected cost for Phase 1 of the redevelopment project is approximately $53,309,699, a $18,690,301 decrease from the program’s projected $72 million total. The new projected cost includes project management fees and projected escalation costs.

No changes to the high school redevelopment project’s specifications or scope of work are required to achieve these cost savings, and the new high school complex will meet the same instruction-based standards.

Cumming also determined that there are potential review and revision opportunities for additional value engineering, consolidation, and improved efficiencies in Phases 2 and 3 of the Measure ER program.

The updated El Rancho High School Redevelopment Project’s projected total cost across all three phases is $180,226,825 , well below Measure ER’S voter-approved bonding capacity of $200 million.

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