School Board: Seismic Safety Surplus, Best Bird Callers

Wednesday evening, the board will consider ways to use the $4 million left over from seismic projects, as well as spotlight this year's bird calling contest winners.

The Piedmont Unified School District is nearing the completion of $69 million worth of seismic safety upgrades, and there is still money in the kitty. The board will ponder what to do with a surplus of around $4 million in Wednesday night's meeting, with a plan to approve additional projects in the June 13 meeting.

The projects recommended for approval on include:

  • Replacement of roofing as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment at , , and the Alan Harvey Theatre at . The cost is yet to be determined.
  • New shade structures, costing an estimate $60,000, for the  kindergarten playground and lunch patio.
  • Safety improvements for the Alan Harvey Theatre, including structural strengthening and the replacement of faulty equipment at an estimated cost of around $100,000. Parents and community members are planning to pitch in by fundraising to cover a "signifant amount" of the construction costs.

Also on the agenda: the board will also recognize the winners of the 47th Annual Bird Calling Contest, which took place on May 4. Piedmont's best bird impressionists will be tweeting on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, May 23. The show starts at 11:35 p.m. and also features Lady Gaga.

This year's winners were Cameron Anderson, Tlalli Moya Smith and Sheli Schacker with their rendition of the Greater Prairie Chicken.

The Piedmont Board of Education will meet in public session at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 120 Vista Ave., following a half-hour closed session. The meeting agenda is attached. The agenda and related staff reports are available on the Piedmont Unified School District website.


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