Pflugerville ISD officials working to get off-schedule middle school construction back on track

Bohls Middle School rendering
The contractor on the Bohls Middle School project has requested an extension on the timeline to substantially complete construction. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

The contractor on the Bohls Middle School project has requested an extension on the timeline to substantially complete construction. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Originally scheduled to finish by the end of July, Pflugerville ISD’s Bohls Middle School project may now finish later into the summer, according to district officials.

During a May 6 board of trustees workshop session, David Vesling, executive director of facilities and support services for PfISD, said the project’s contractor had requested an extension of the completion date out to October. Now, the contractor and school district are working on an “accelerated schedule” to try to reach the original timeline.

“We all agreed an October completion date is unacceptable,” Vesling said. “We believe we can accelerate this schedule to reach the milestone of July 31. ... This is going to be a massive undertaking to do this, so this is no guarantee.”

PfISD Superintendent Douglas Killian said the district has paid to bring in additional specialty trade workers for the project, including masons and drywall installers.

“This should have been accelerated a while back,” Killian said. “I want to make everybody aware that we’re trying to recover a schedule.”


According to district documents, 36 drywall installers have been brought on to help finish the middle school project. These extra workers will cost the district $46,080.

PfISD has further added 45 masons to the construction site at a cost of $128,304. Ed Ramos, chief operations officer for PfISD, said those extra costs were built into Bohls Middle School’s original contingency budget. The middle school project still has a remaining $300,000 in contingency costs remaining in its budget.

Killian said the district is not currently disputing any costs associated with the project with Weber Construction, saying the two entities are working “in good faith” to finish construction on the original timeline.



OTHER DISTRICT NOTES


Official: Riojas Elementary currently is adding more Black educators

Following several comments from district teachers and community advocates, Pflugerville ISD officials stated on May 6 it is finalizing hiring two Black educators at Riojas Elementary School—the first Black teachers on that campus in a decade.

Willie Watson Jr., chief human resources officer for PfISD, said May 6 that the district is bringing on one of the student teachers currently at Riojas Elementary as a full-time teacher and is hiring another Black educator to work at the campus next year.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the last time Riojas Elementary employed a full-time Black teacher was during the 2010-11 academic year, when there was one Black educator out of a total 30 teaching positions.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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