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State reviewing Weston School remodeling plans
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As the reconstruction plans for Weston School were recently submitted to the Division of State Architect in Sacramento, the Program Management Integration team has kicked off early talks with Colony Oak School.

At Monday’s Ripon Unified school board meeting, PMI officials said they were scheduling a second planning meeting with the Colony Oak community for this month.

Colony Oak and Weston are part of voter-approved Measure G, with both projects budgeted at $10.4 million.

Weston is the first of the two schools scheduled for reconstruction. If all goes accordingly, work there can begin at the end of this school year, and completed in time to open the 2015-16 school year.

“DSA should be able to do a review of the (Weston) construction drawings before Christmas,” said Michael Winter of PMI.

He’s one of the founders of Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc., representing 200 school districts in the areas of comprehensive facilities planning, bond election, and financial advisory.

The PMI team consists of CFW, contractor CT Brayton & Sons, and architect Tim Huff & Associates.

CFW prepared an expenditure report that revealed about $283,000 in expenditures for Weston. This included surveying ($4,800), architect/engineering ($150,306), preliminary tests ($12,200), operating costs and expenses ($115,982) and some legal fees ($323).

PMI met last week with Citizens’ Oversight Committee. During the session, the two sides reviewed the Weston reconstruction drawings and established the process for engineering of a fire sprinkler system in the new classrooms.

The project is expected to be ready for bid by the spring.