July 6-12, 2007 The Examiner 7A
Greenies irate over demolition proposal
By Jerry Jordan to perform. ROTC Building with bond
News Editor ÒThat would be something money. That roof had already
that would be very lengthy been replaced with insurance
The Beaumont Indepen- and too costly to undertake at money from Hurricane Rita,Ó
dent School District spent this point,Ó Jordan said. ÒI Neild said at the time. ÒThey
more than $34 million to turn couldnÕt give you a dollar also said the district needed to
the former Hebert High amount.Ó spend $31,000 to replace the
School into the current Ozen When asked why the com- sidewalks in J-Hall, that all of
facility just over a decade ago, pany could come up with a the windows in J-Hall needed
but hundreds of former South number as to how much it to be replaced, that the wall
Park Greenies were recently would cost to replace a struc- finishes in J-Hall were
outraged when a report from ture and not one as to how beyond their useful life, that
Parsons-3D/I, a Houston- much it would cost to reno- the electrical terminals in J-
based condition assessment vate a structure, Jordan said, Hall were beyond their useful
and construction company, ÒThe processes are different.Ó life and that the lighting and
suggested that renovating ÒI can agree with the feel- wiring in J-Hall needed to be
South Park Middle School ings and attitudes of the com- replaced.
would be too costly. munity, and I agree with some ÒFirst there are few, if any,
The recommendation was of them, but the requirements windows at West Brook,
to raze the current middle of this study were not to com- much less in J-Hall. And J-
school that once served as pare one to another,Ó Jordan Hall is a hallway inside the
South Park High School said. ÒIt would be difficult, if school. It doesnÕt have a side-
rather than remodel the build- not impossible, to come up walk. The electrical outlets
ing, which has stood the tests with an exact number.Ó are fine. They just need to be
of time since the 1920s and In 3D/IÕs assessment of cleaned. The lighting is OK,
has a pedigree that includes replacement costs that it used and the walls are lined with
being the original site of what to develop a $450 million lockers, so how can the wall
is known today as Lamar Uni- bond proposal that is current- finishes be beyond their use-
versity. ly being reviewed by a bond ful life? These are just some
The report, provided to the committee, the company esti- of the problems that we were
district on June 21, states, mated that it would cost $30.7 able to point out with what
Òthe bottom line is that both million to tear down and 3D/I has presented.Ó
CSF Engineers and Parsons- rebuild South Park. Neild told The Examiner in
3D/I would recommend Photo by Jerry Jordan Using the numbers from March that his findings
replacement of the South Park An engineering report recommends demolition despite the 3D/I the 103,579 square-foot caused him to have serious
Middle School as opposed to finding that the building is structurally sound. school would cost more than concerns about the accuracy
a renovation.Ó $300 per square foot to of the study and whether or
One of the primary contrib- costly to renovate. After care- and I questioned Dr. Teuscher rebuild. not 3D/I actually went room-
utors of the reportÕs conclu- ful review of the systems that on the numbers from 3D/I Throughout the nation to-room as they promised in
sion was the age of the facili- would be necessary to because they didnÕt seem schools are being built at a their contract with BISD.
ty. But the report included no replace, it is apparent that the right, and then they redid the half of that cost. Additionally, He said he was shocked
numbers for a comparison of costs to renovate would be numbers, and they came up several local engineers ques- when he heard one of the
how much it would cost to significantly greater than the with a new report. It was tioned for this article said a employees from 3D/I tell him
renovate the school versus cost to build new.Ó amazing. If these people are close review of 3D/IÕs num- that they had climbed into
demolishing it. More trou- Opposition to the report is going to spend our money bers would reveal further every attic and every base-
bling for some was that the strong and a group of South then the numbers need to be errors and inflated costs. ment in BISD. Because most
report is contradictory in that, Park alumni have created a right, but they were wrong. Representations that 3D/I schools in BISD have flat
despite the recommendation Web site and formed a peti- Something funny is going on, made to school district offi- roofs, there arenÕt too many
to bulldoze the building, it tion drive to keep the school thatÕs all I can say about it.Ó cials in January had to be attics and only one campus,
was found to be structurally intact. When questioned about changed when it was deter- that of Central High School,
sound. ÒWe better start tearing why there were no numbers to mined that most of their find- has what could be considered
ÒEnclosed in the final down half the things in Wash- compare the cost of demoli- ings were incorrect. Then in a basement.
report along with supporting ington DC,Ó said Lou Bodden tion and building new to the March, just before the Com- ÒWe need something to fix
photos of CSFÕs findings for Buxton, a 1965 graduate of cost of renovating the school, munity Advisory Bond Com- the problems in this district,
your review and considera- South Park High School. 3D/IÕs Jordan said the compa- mittee was about to consider and we will back that if it is
tion,Ó states a letter to BISD ÒYou just donÕt throw away ny was not hired to come up putting a bond proposal in fiscally responsible,Ó Neild
Superintendent Carrol something because it is old. with numbers for this project. front of voters, it was again said. ÒWe canÕt stop the board
Thomas from Parsons-3D/I There is so much history in ÒThat analysis was not found that 3D/IÕs numbers from putting this bond pro-
project manager Johnnie Jor- that school, you canÕt just geared around that,Ó Jordan were incorrect. posal up for a vote, but if they
dan. ÒTheir findings indicate throw it away. If you go back said. ÒWe were asked to get a Local contractor Tom come out using this informa-
that the basic structure of the and find out about its history, third party to look at whether Neild, of H.B. Neild & Sons tion that we have discovered,
main building appears to be you will see that South Park renovation was more feasible Construction Co., helped to we are going to actively cam-
sound and in generally good was there before Beaumont than tearing it down. There point out numerous inaccura- paign against it. We need to
condition. However, if the dis- was. That was a community were no requirements for cies that he found in 3D/IÕs do something realistic and
trictÕs intent is to retain the that was here before Beau- numbers.Ó numbers. responsible.Ó
historical appearance and val- mont, back when the area was Jordan said that such a ÒWhen we went to West The companyÕs numbers
ue of this building it would known as Spindletop. study would cost thousands of Brook, 3D/I had called for a were even more suspect after
become difficult and more ÒSome of my classmates dollars and be too expensive roof to be replaced at the See IRATE on page 10 A
10 A July 6-12, 2007 The Examiner
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WE STAND BEHIND WHAT WE SELL!
Hantavirus confirmed in area
By Shauna OÕBrien
Staff Writer Hantavirus Prevention
After only four days of ¥ Keep a clean home, especially kitchen (wash dishes,
complaining of flu-like symp- clean counters and floor, keep food covered in rodent-proof
Live Local, Have a Job, Have Some Cash Down, Come by and See Us!
IN-HOUSE FINANCING ON ANY BOAT!
toms, 29-year-old Allen containers).
ÒJoeyÓ Bruce of Beaumont ¥ Keep a tight-fitting lid on garbage, discard uneaten pet
died of hantavirus pulmonary food at end of the day.
syndrome (HPS). ¥ Set and keep spring-loaded rodent traps. Set traps near
Bruce, who is survived by baseboards because rodents tend to run along walls and in
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had reportedly seemed similar bait stations.Ó Follow instructions carefully.
to a common cold was actual- ¥ Seal all entry holes 1/4 inch wide or wider with lath
ly a deadly virus, one that has screen or other patching materials, inside and out.
not been detected in Jefferson
County since 1996, according Outdoors
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The Texas Department of ¥ Use metal flashing around the base of wooden, earthen or
State Health Services (DSHS) adobe homes to provide a strong metal barrier. Install so that
states that hantavirus was first the flashing reaches 12 inches above the ground and six inch-
detected in the United States at es down into the ground
the Four Corners of the South- ¥ Elevate hay, woodpiles and garbage cans to eliminate pos-
west Ñ Colorado, New Mexi- sible nesting sites. If possible, locate them 100 feet or more
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Rodents such as rats and ¥ Encourage the presence of natural predators, such as
mice carry HPS, which has non-poisonous snakes, owls and hawks.
symptoms such as fever, ¥ Getting rid of all rodents isnÕt feasible, but with effort
chills, headache, stomach
pain and vomiting. The you can keep the population low.
National Center for Infectious Source: www.cdc.gov
Diseases states that the princi-
pal carrier is the deer mouse. ineffective against viral infec- them, making sure to always
The transmission mode of tions, but taking certain meas- Òdouble-bag and seal dead
the virus is primarily air- ures can prevent contracting rats or mice, nests or drop-
borne. It is usually contained HPS. The health department pings in plastic bagsÓ before
in the droppings, urine and warns that it is important to disposal.
saliva of rodents, according to remember to Òtightly close The health department also
the DSHS. The virus then garbage cans, pet food con- suggests that people contact
takes to the air via dust parti- tainers and other food sources their local health care provider
cles and can be inhaled by for rats and mice.Ó It also if hantavirus is suspected.
humans. The virus cannot be helps to wear protective
transmitted through person- gloves and a dust-mask and to Shauna OÕBrien can be
reached at (409) 832-1400, ext.
to-person contact. wash those items before 248, or at shauna@theexamin-
Traditional antibiotics are removing and disposing of er.com.
from page 7 A
The Examiner bought the ous as to why the numbers to spend that money. That is
same computer program, RS from 3D/I keep changing. the peopleÕs money, and the
Means, that was used to esti- ÒIf you go to the grocery district needs to be on a budg-
mate the costs to replace store, and you get a basket of et. If it is going to cost ÔXÕ to
buildings in BISD. Using the groceries, and there is no build a new school, and it is
exact same criteria as 3D/I, price when you get to the reg- going to cost ÔYÕ to renovate,
the newspaper came up with ister, and the checkout person then we need to know those
costs that were different than says, ÔJust pay this set amount numbers. The district would
3D/I. and take your groceries rather destroy South Park
Buxton said she had home,Õ are you going to do than tell how much it would
reviewed all of the material that?Ó Buxton asked. ÒWe cost to fix it.Ó
that she could get her hands donÕt run our homes that way.
on from BISD and 3D/I about Why should we run our For an editorial addressing this
the plan to demolish South school district that way? topic, see page 29 A in this weekÕs
Park. She said she is also curi- Show me how you are going The Examiner.