OPSC: Mandate an Independent Financial Audit before demo& Consider RETROFIT Carquinez MS

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VIDEO: Retrofit Historic Carquinez Middle School


The Carquinez school campus opened in 1923 and has served generations of students from Crockett, Rodeo, Port Costa and Hercules, CA. Presently, Carquinez Middle School serves 389 students and holds a 15 student to 1 teacher ratio. That's well below the California average of 21:1.

In recent years, there has been a biased effort by the John Swett Unified School District School Board to DEMOLISH and rebuild our community landmark, Carquinez Middle School. In the following 2 years, the District found no shortage of engineering/architectural firms willing to partner with them on an expensive new school project.

In 2014, proponents of this plan backed a $52 million bond, Measure M, which was rejected by voters. This year Measure P quietly slipped onto our ballot seeking to borrow over $40 million. Voters narrowly passed this measure, raising taxes for homeowners in the area.

Save Historic Carquinez Middle School believes this mistake happened for a few reasons:

1. No argument was provided for the NO response on the ballot.
The ballot measure was written in a manner where it made DEMOLITION appear to be the only option, despite engineering reports stating RETROFIT is an option. In fact, the RETROFIT option still includes the building of a NEW GYM.

2. The yes argument did not clearly state that Carquinez Middle School would be demolished.

3. There is broad local support against Measure P.

4. Proponents of Measure P lied to voters regarding the ACTUAL COST of building a new school by DELAYING the Geotechnical Investigation and Geologic Hazard Study until after the verbiage for Measure P was submitted. The results of this evaluation (Aug 2016) show rebuilding will cost taxpayers MORE THAN the estimated $40 MILLION. Design pictures shared on the District website showed one school building and gym, however there will actually be 2 buildings + the gym (3 total) situated on opposite ends of the property from eachother. See the picture from the CMS Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation & Geologic Hazard Study

5. The John Swett school board has refused to take the RETROFIT option seriously.

Carquinez Grammar School was crafted by local families from old growth redwood and reinforced brick masonry. The school underwent a seismic strengthening in 1936 as a result for the State of California Field Act of 1933, which MANDATED earthquake-resistant construction. According to the structural evaluation DUE DILIGENCE REPORT report, a complete seismic retrofit is an option. This comprehensive design follows the American Society of Civil Engineers Code 41, which results in a building with expected seismic performance EQUIVALENT to current code NEW CONSTRUCTION. The California Division of State Architect Procedure 08-03 provides matching funding for the retrofit option.

We are demanding an INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL AUDIT of actual projected costs to build the THREE buildings and request that the CA Office of Public School Construction not issue any permits until this is done.  

Please sign this petition in support of the RETROFIT Carquinez MS option. 


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