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Voter-Approved Facility Improvements Move Ahead

On track to be complerted

By SVERRE BAKKE

The Enterprise

Most of the White Salmon Valley School District's voter-approved facilities improvement projects are on track to be completed before the start of the next school year, according to the district's top administrator.

"Our original intent was to have all of these projects wrapped up by the end of summer," said Superintendent Dale Palmer. "I'm pretty confident we're going to get most of them done before school starts."

To date, the district's board of directors has awarded five contracts totaling $1,237,352. Last February, voters authorized $1.7 million in capital improvement bonds to pay for eight projects ranging in estimated cost from $10,000 to $482,000.

Today, the board plans to open bids for the resurfacing of CHS Stadium's six-lane track and for middle school/high school parking lot repairs. Estimated cost of the track resurfacing is $82,000; of parking lot repairs, $100,000.

The largest contract approved by the board was for $425,000, for the re-roofing of Wayne M. Henkle Middle School. Arrow Roofing of Portland, Ore., won the contract with a low bid of $6.50 per square foot.

Arrow Roofing has moved in equipment and material for the 65,000-square-foot job that is expected to take four weeks to complete. The company will put a metal roof on the main complex and redo Henkle's two portable classrooms with composition tiles. The metal roof comes with a 30-year guarantee.

"These guys worked hard to come in with a good price," Palmer noted. "They want to use (Henkle) as a demonstration project to show to other schools that are looking at replacing their roof structures."

The project was somewhat complicated after dry rot was found in the roof overhang on the old wing. (The old wing houses some 5th- and 6th-grade classrooms.) As a result, some of the decking in that section will have to be replaced at a cost of between $10,000 and $15,000.

Still, said Palmer, "We got a heck of a deal because Arrow came in $5,000 under our budget."

The district also realized a budget savings on the CHS grandstand project. Hale Construction NW, Inc., of Hood River submitted the low bid of $125,449--almost half what the district originally thought the finishes would cost.

Hale Construction's task is to outfit the area under the grandstand with two restrooms, a utility room, an electrical system and a leak-proof barrier between the enclosed areas and the grandstand.

"We have to pressure-wash the grandstand after every use, so we need that inside roof to keep water from draining down into the enclosed area," Palmer said.

If all goes according to plan, the grandstand improvements will be done before Aug. 31, the date of Columbia High's first home football game.

"That's what we're hoping for," Palmer said.

Another project the district saved money on is the replacement of Columbia High's student lockers. The district received one bid for the project--$38,343--from Engineered Products of Beaverton, Ore. The company is set to deliver the new lockers this Friday and begin installation on July 5.

"We missed on our estimate in a good way," Palmer said, noting the district originally pegged the cost of the project at $81,000.

Some of the district's savings, however, already have been earmarked for a district-wide flooring replacement project the board of directors wants done by the end of August.

The board selected Beresford Flooring--using a previous state bid by the King County Directors Association--to do the project, at a cost of $330,760. The purchase price includes flooring materials, delivery and installation.

At Columbia High School, the library office areas and four portable classrooms will get new carpeting. Tiled surfaces in Hulan L. Whitson Elementary School's classrooms and hallways will be replaced with a longer-lasting rubberized flooring; the school's library and some of its office areas will be re-carpeted.

Henkle Middle School's library and offices also will be re-carpeted, while its 7th- and 8th-grade wing, and the newer section of the 5th- and 6th-grade wing will be redone with the rubberized flooring.

Currently not included in the work is the replacement of tiles in the older part of the 5th- and 6th-grade wing.

"The tiles in the old wing have asbestos in them--they're actually in the best shape of any tiles in the building," Palmer explained. "Taking those things into consideration, plus the whole question of asbestos abatement once those tiles are disturbed, the board has decided to wait on doing that section until all the other work is done. If we have money leftover, we'll go back and look at it again."

Also on hold is the completion of the CHS physical fitness/training room. Cost of the project is about $10,000.

"We can do that one as we go," Palmer said. "It's on the backburner for right now."

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