Item J on the EPISD February 18, 2020 board of trustees meeting consent agenda reads:
Approval of Change Order No. 05 for EPISD Downtown Administration Building 1100 N. Stanton, CMAR #18-030, Project No, 17.634A, to HB Construction, for $428,537.00 (177X Maintenance Tax Notes)
The backup material explains:
The change order is for an Owner-initiated request for modifications to the floor plans on the second through the eighth floor. These modifications are a result of changes in the District’s organizational structure. This change order, if approved, will increase the contract sum by $428,537.00, or 1.9%, bringing the contract amount to $21,914,439. Prior change orders to date total $151,323, and are included in the contract amount of $21,914,439. Board Policy CV (Local) requires administration to present any changes for an adjustment of cost greater than or equal to $50,000.00 or changes in the aggregate above fifteen percent (15%) of the original contract value be taken to the Board for approval. The project includes a contingency of $794,852.09 of which $210,954 has already been used leaving a balance of $585,898.09. Staff is recommending this change order be funded from other project funding and not the contingency account as doing so would leave a balance of $155,361.09 in contingency for any potential change orders. Given that the project is approximately 28% complete, reducing the contingency to that amount is not recommended.
We haven’t heard anything from the district about changes to their organizational structure. Yet they want to make changes on the second through the eighth floor.
It is in particular troubling to see that they don’t want to take the money out of the contingency fund out of fear that they will not have enough money left to make any more changes.
We deserve better