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briefs cont. from page 3 Horace Mann project comes in $12 million over budget The Board of Education gave direction to approve cost reduction recommenda- tions on the construction at Horace Matin at a study session on Tuesday after an analysis found.they had gone $12 million overbudget. When asked why the cost had increased from the initial $62 million estimated in November 2011, Nelson Cayabyab, Chief Facilities Official, said that they had pre- viously been estimating a wish list, and in a year's time, rising construction costs affected the budget. "When you start finalizing each portion more definitively, that's how you get the higher cost in the budget," he said. Cayabyab said that they are done with design development and going over costs now before plans move forward. "That's old news. It was reported two study sessions ago. What we do is we go through a design process, and you build in everything you could possibly want," said Oct 200021 Page 4 Beverly Hills Weekly Vice President Jake Manaster. "After that gets approved, they go back and look at what the wiring is going to cost, the heat- ing and air conditioning and so forth, and add a 20-percent contingency." Mark Mattias, project manager at Bernards who presented a powerpoint presentation at the study session, showed that two independent estimates by WLC Architects and Bernards had projected the project at over $74 million. After cost-reduction recommendations, the new proposed estimate fell within bud- get at slightly over $61 million. Reductions include removing pre-K daycare spaces, reductions in parking from 106 to 76 spac- es, removal of the skylight in the multipur- pose room, and reducing 7,000 square feet in classroom space on the second level of the proposed new building. "My biggest reservation is to have space on the footprint on the second floor that is not going to be utilized/' said Manaster. "My suggestion is figure out a way we'd have outdoor roof access. That way I hope we'd utilize every square inch because we're paying for every square inch." If costs allow, he wanted those spaces, previously proposed as classrooms, to be outdoor class spaces. Board member Lewis Hall disagreed with the recommendations. He said he was interested in the bigger picture. "The question should be, 'How does this fit in the overall district plan?' We could spend the extra $12 million. We can keep the skylight, which I love. We can keep the four classrooms," he said. Board member Lisa Korbatov did not attend the study session. President Brian Left to right: Chamber of Commerce President Steve Ghysels, Mayor Willie Brien, CVB Executive Director Julie Wagner, CVB Chair Offer Nissenbaum, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alex Stettinski Chamber and CVB open for business City officials gathered Oct. 3 to celebrate the opening of the new Conference & Visitors Bureau visitors center and CVB and Chamber of Commerce offices at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Goldberg did.not return phone calls from the Weekly before deadline. Board members discuss possible parcel tax in face of cuts to state funding With concerns of a possible $6-million shortfall in the budget due to state budget cuts, provide d propositions 30 and 38 do not pass, the Board of Education gave direction to look at proposing a parcel tax Tuesday night. The possible $6-million shortfall would be the largest the district has ever faced, according to Superintenderit Gary Woods. Vice President Jake Manaster said the PTA Council Parent Education Night Please join us for an evening with Detective Mendoza oF the BHPD He will be discussing the following topics: SaFety in our schools and community What to do in case of a school Iockdown Bullying Earthquake preparedness This is our chance as a community to learn more about safety and the policies that exist in Beverly Hills. This will be an interactive session to discuss your con- cerns and questions with the BHPD. Thursday October 18th, 2012 7:00 p.m. Beverly Vista Auditorium ReFreshments will be served