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Gem Industrial to remodel Vallecitos School District office, staff lounge

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Two Vallecitos School District board actions May 10 approved contracts with Gem Industrial for room remodel projects.

One 5-0 vote awarded Gem Industrial a $34,860 contract to remodel the district office. The other 5-0 vote authorized a $23,500 contract with the Lakeside company for upgrades to Room 14, which is the school staff lounge.

“We’re happy to be working with Gem,” said Maritza Koeppen, who is both the Vallecitos School District superintendent and the Vallecitos Elementary School principal. “They’ve always been very supportive and they do good work.”

The remodel of the district office will construct a new counter in the lobby, remove existing casework, and relocate electrical and data infrastructure. The counter will allow members of the public to utilize a different entryway for service. The work will also include repainting and re-plastering office walls.

Room 14 is a new location for the staff lounge. The school district received a grant for a new refrigerator/freezer and needed room for that appliance. “We had to move the teachers,” Koeppen said. “We moved the lounge and now it needs work.”

The new lounge lacks certain plumbing amenities. “We’re going to add a sink to Room 14,” Koeppen said.

The scope of work calls for installing a sink on the south wall and also providing trenching, pipe and pump installation, electrical infrastructure for a sewer pump, and a sink and base cabinet.

“We’re excited about moving forward on that project,” Koeppen said.


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