Sierra Madre is no closer to getting a new middle school after a meeting between the Sierra Madre City Council and the Pasadena Unified School District board this week.
Though some assurances that the project wouldn't be scrapped altogether were given by the politicians, no guarantees were made either, reported the Pasadena Star-News. A resolution of good faith could be in the works, however, as PUSD board member Ramon Miramontes indicated he would ask for one from his board, the Star-News said.
The old school buildings were destroyed in 2010, with community members expecting the new contruction to take place shortly after. Instead budget cuts caused the original project to be reigned in and less expensive plans were created.
But there were more problems. Bids for the project came in way over budget.
The good news is the board already has plans in place to shop for bids from a wider range of contractors—they originally only got six bids—in April and May and expects final bids to be in by June.
Plans for the new campus currently call for 22 classrooms, a computer lab, two science labs, a gym, library cafeteria and a parking area, according to plans (see the proposed site plan on the Measure TT Bond website).