Clarke County School Board chairman Janet Alger (Russell) recognized former School Board chairman Robina Bouffault for her leadership and effort during the design and construction of Clarke County’s new high school. With the building now complete and in the hands of Clarke County Public Schools staff, Bouffault delivered her final building report to the School Board and turned her authorized owner’s representative (AOR) duties over to CCHS principal Dr. Jeffrey Jackson.
Last night the School Board publicly recognized Bouffault’s commitment to excellence throughout the design and construction process and for her tireless efforts as the School Board’s AOR responsible for guiding construction and managing costs associated with the new building.
The resolution thanks Bouffault for exhibiting a tremendous capacity for making the impossible possible while keeping the project on schedule and within budget.
“Indeed, her experience and ability to work closely with staff, the architect, and contractors, resulted in the best possible outcome for the students, staff, and citizens of Clarke County, Virginia,” the resolution states.
With the dedication ceremony for the new facility set for April 28th, Bouffault said that only three items remain outstanding for completion by the construction company, Shockey and Sons of Winchester, Virginia. Bouffault said that Shockey hopes to complete all construction tasks in time for a final review meeting on April 9.
As Bouffault bows out of the AOR job, a position that she has held for the past two years, CCHS principal Jeffrey Jackson will have plenty of work ahead as he assumes the AOR role and bottom-line responsibility for transferring students, educators and learning activities from the old building to the new building.
In addition to assuming responsibility for dealing with the inevitable hick-ups that will likely be discovered as staff members become familiar with the new building, Jackson will also have signoff approval on a $50K retainer fee covering satisfactory completion of any outstanding construction issues along with oversight of a $250K performance bond that covers remediation of grass and soil problems that have yet to be corrected at the new school’s playing fields.
Jackson will also be in charge of the $2M worth of furniture and fixtures (FFE) expenditures that will used in the new building.
In her nomination of Jackson for the AOR position, Bouffault said that she believes “Dr. Jackson is ideally suited to shepherd the new school through to completion.”
The Clarke County School Board unanimously agreed and formally appointed Jackson to the new role.
View the Clarke County School Board Resolution honoring Robina Rich Bouffault here: Bouffault AOR Resolution