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BUSD approves design contract for BHS/SMS fence

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a design contract for fencing around the campus shared by Bonsall High School and Sullivan Middle School.

The board’s 5-0 vote June 15 approved a design contract with AlphaStudio Design Group, which is based in Carlsbad, for architectural services related to fencing around the campus. The design contract has a Dec. 31, 2022, expiration date and AlphaStudio Design Group will be paid $16,750.

“This is just another step to ensure the safety of all staff and students on campus,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. “This is just ensuring that we have the very best protocols and security systems in place.”

Currently the middle school and high school can be accessed from the south, west, and east portions of the school grounds. The fencing will filter visitors to a single point where school staff can monitor and verify visitor entry.

The fencing AlphaStudio will design will be seven feet high and will be ornamental steel and chain link fencing. The design and eventual construction will also include a double pedestrian gate at the main campus entry which will include a camera and buzzer system, a motorized vehicular gate at the main entrance, an access system for pedestrian gates, and electrical engineering to ensure operation. The design phase will also determine whether modification of the existing irrigation system is warranted.

Any construction involving a public school in California must be approved by the Division of the State Architect, so the AlphaStudio tasks will also include processing the project through DSA for review and approval. A visual survey will document existing observable conditions and determine the extent of work required.

AlphaStudio will also assist the school district during the bid phase of the project including pre-bid meetings and responses to requests for information.


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