Weston Elementary School is close to completion.
There’s one problem – some of the old furniture at the kindergarten-through-eighth grade campus can’t quite fit into the reconfigured rooms.
Weston along with Colony Oak Elementary School are part of the voter-approved $25.2 million bond measure (Measure G) earmarked for modernization.
Work at Weston included new classroom wings, gymnasium / multi-purpose room, and support staff space in the old multi-purpose room.
At last Monday’s special school board meeting, Principal Lisa Fereria listed the following needs at the school scheduled for reopening come next month:
• The Learning Center Room – Horseshoe activity tables will be needed in place of the existing kidney-shaped tables.
• Speech Room – Horseshoe activity tables coupled with a marker board, desk chairs, filing cabinets (file pedestal with locks) and overhead storage unit with mounting rails and tack board.
• Read 180 Room – Roll horseshoe activity table, desk chairs, marker boards, stack chairs, five-shelf steel bookcases, computer table, and filing cabinets.
• Reception – Desk chairs, task chairs, banana key board, and filing cabinets.
• Nurse’s office – Single pedestal desk with box / box file pedestal.
• Intervention Room – File pedestals with lock, horseshoe activity tables, overhead storage units, desk chairs, marker boards, and Brigade series storage cabinets.
The library is also in need of a desk chair while the kindergarten classroom is looking for a double pedestal desk with a center drawer and a teacher’s chair.
Kathy Coleman, who is Director of Curriculum and Categorical Programs, recently took a tour of Weston, discovering that existing chair racks in the old multi-purpose room were unable to fit under the stage of the new building.
The Measure G project did have a contingency plan but, according to Fereria, that money will go towards landscaping.
About $23,000 was in the contingency plan.
Cost for the modernization furniture from the Sierra School Equipment Company came out to about $45,000. Trustee Chad Huskey, who also served on the Measure G committee prior to his elected post, was none too thrilled about the extra cost.
“That’s $45,000 we weren’t planning to spend,” he said.
Added Trustee Christina Orlando: “This better not happen at Colony Oak (once the remodeling takes place).”
Given Weston’s time line to open for the 2015-16 school year, the board voted 5-0 to fork out for the furniture from the general fund.