When the Alpine Union School District discovered that there
were gas leaks at two campuses, experts from the San Diego County Office of
Education were able to support district officials as they decided how to
address the situation.
Lance Bidnick, school facilities planning coordinator with
SDCOE, helped district administrators coordinate the repairs at Joan MacQueen
Middle School and Shadow Hills Elementary School earlier this month. The work
involved studying blueprints, digging holes, and examining gas lines.
Jennifer Nerat, business
manager at Alpine Unified, called Bidnick a “lifesaver.”
“Having his expertise to rely on has enabled us to make
well-informed decisions and given us some peace of mind as we have navigated
through this,” she said.
Bidnick said he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to help
“They were largely on the right path themselves,” he said.
“I think they just appreciated a little support in making the decisions.”