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Mr. Mark W. Bollinger

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1

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Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1

Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director, Facilities Management and Capital Construction

Minneapolis Public Schools

Associate Executive Director of Facilities

Denver Public Schools

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Bollinger Group

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A lot of parents don't like ... [cached]

A lot of parents don't like wood," Mark Bollinger, with MPS, said.

Bollinger also says the school district follows Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines on playground rubber.
"We take the information we have from federal agencies and make the best choice with that," he said.

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Mark Bollinger, MPS director of facilities, said the district will most likely make a decision about the offers presented or any other direction for Howe in January when the new school board is seated.

"The reason we are waiting is not for the new school board to vote, but we are just trying to complete due diligence," Bollinger said. He clarified, however, that based on the time frame, the decision will come before the school board in January.
He is expecting a preliminary recommendation from Northmarq, the agency contracted to market the site and evaluate the proposals. Bollinger and his staff will then look at the proposals and make a recommendation to the school board.
Bollinger said the reasons for a charter school not being embraced were put in the original RFP before he took his job in January 2010. Some MPS properties have been sold to charter schools, but Bollinger said that decision is made on a case-by-case basis.
He said that selling to a charter school is based on whether the school is effective academically, its academic and financial stability and whether it does not harm district interests.
He said it was determined that having a charter school at the Howe site was not in the best interest of the district.
Bollinger said United Properties originally proposed the concept of senior housing on the property, but felt they could not complete the senior housing and be fiscally responsible.

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Mark Bollinger, Minneapolis Public Schools' executive director of facilities management and capital construction, said the district relies on widely accepted playground design guidelines, including those found in the "Public Playground Safety Handbook" published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The district's aim is to cushion falls of up to 10 feet, which Bollinger said leaves them just two options for ground cover: rubber or wood.

Bollinger said a deep layer of wood infill was common on district playgrounds up until eight or nine years ago. That also generated complaints from parents because a 9-inch layer of wood chips would retain moisture even on hot days.
"That moisture then would turn into mold, and children were getting sick and (having) allergic reactions and things like that because of the mold," Bollinger said. "So, we had a definite, defined problem there."
Materials like sand and pea rock, once common in play areas, aren't rated for 10-foot falls, he added.
Bollinger said he's not out to argue with parents, but the district had to make the best choice for students and settled on rubber. He estimated it would cost the district $2.5 million to convert playgrounds back to woodchips.
"Although we are aware that the rubber may be made of different substances that are considered hazardous, they are only considered hazardous when released," he said, adding that his understanding was a release would require oven-like temperatures - close to 250 degrees Fahrenheit - or a chemical reaction.
"We have on occasion gone out with air tests - because the rubber will smell, there's no doubt about it," he said.

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Mark Bollinger, associate executive director of facilities, said a critical need is defined as anything that has failed or will fail in the next five years - the typical life of a bond issue.

"The surface is failing," he said of South's courts.

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Mark Bollinger, executive director of facilities, said the district completed an "internal feasibility study" on the Lake Harriet project, and anticipated the expansion would cost about $11 million.

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