Cost of new nursery school too expensive
Al Tahoe to be site for 2004-05 school year
By William Ferchland
Tribune staff writer
Construction for the permanent site of Tahoe Parents Nursery School was put on hold after the only bid submitted was $700,000 higher than expected.
The 2,900 square-foot building was due for completion in January. Only one bid was submitted, by K-W Western Inc. in Carson City, with a price tag of $1.1 million, said Jon Stephens, vice president of business services at Lake Tahoe Community College.
The college, where the building will be located, allotted $400,000 to the project.
“We would be in construction this month if this didn’t happen,” Stephens said. “Our job is now to figure out what in that building is so expensive.”
He did not know how long construction would be delayed.
Stephens contacted other contractors who would have submitted bids. They responded their proposals would have been similar to K-W Western, Stephens said.
The college’s board of trustees will consider whether to reject the bid during its meeting tonight at 7:25 in Room A106.
Other items include reports on Partnership for Excellence, summer enrollment and enrollment for the Child Development Center.
Tahoe Parents Nursery School has existed for 46 years without a place of its own. Last school year it was housed at Meyers Elementary. This year it will be located at Al Tahoe Elementary, which closed in June due to budget cuts.
“Obviously we’re disappointed but the bids are so high, they’re so much above what we want, that I understand we can’t accept it,” said Aileen Yure, one of the nursery school’s directors.
Diane Scheerhorn, superintendent of Lake Tahoe Unified School District, said the nursery school is scheduled to stay at the Al Tahoe site for the entire 2004-05 school year.
Yure said she’s thankful for the Al Tahoe site but was saddened about the setback. She said plans for the new building have been in the works for three years.
She remained confident Tahoe Parents Nursery School, a cooperative among staff and parents, would pull through the bumpy time.
“It’s survived all of them and gotten stronger and stronger and I’m confident it will be the same with this change,” she said.
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