Twin Rivers trustees to vote on emergency $330,000 addition to Grant High upgrade

A project to replace heating and air-conditioning units at Grant Union High School in Del Paso Heights hit a snag recently when workers on the project found extensive damage from dry rot.

The dry rot was discovered in May in portions of the roof and walls after years of exposure to moisture, according to a Twin Rivers Unified School District staff report released this week. Roofing had to be replaced and several HVAC units were removed and reinstalled.

The school board will consider an emergency ordinance tonight to approve an additional $330,000 to complete the project, said Bill McGuire, deputy superintendent. If approved, the cost will increase from $3.2 million to $3.5 million.

The heating, air conditioning and ventilation units would still be installed by Aug. 6, about a week before school starts, according to district officials.

Grant Union parents and students have complained for years about extreme heat or cold in the classrooms of the 82-year-old school. The district announced plans to replace the HVAC systems at Grant and Harmon Johnson Elementary School in North Sacramento.

The project is part of a $25 million plan to update district facilities over the next year. Other projects include a new pool at Grant and bathroom renovations, painting, carpeting and asphalt repairs throughout the district.

District officials had planned for cost increases like this when they put together the budget, McGuire said.

The emergency resolution before trustees today calls the additional repairs “necessary to permit the continuance of existing school classes and to avoid danger to life or property.”

“Because the total dollar amount is significant, it isn’t a typical change order,” McGuire said. “We need an emergency ordinance to keep the thing going.”

The contractor on the project, Lamon Construction, will make the additional repairs, according to the resolution.

McGuire seemed confident the board would approve the additional money. “The goal of the board of Twin Rivers Unified is to make sure this project gets done and we start school with an awesome new feel.”

The board will meet at district headquarters at 5115 Dudley Blvd., Bay A, in North Highlands. The public meeting starts at 7 p.m.