509-J seeks committee to find project manager

For new auditorium, school improvements

   With a goal of having students in a new school in Warm Springs by fall of 2014, officials at School District 509-J are working backward to develop a project timeline.
   The 509-J Board of Directors met Monday night to consider a potential financing package for the district's $26.7 million school bond, passed by district voters on May 15.
   The bond will fund half the cost of a K-8 school in Warm Springs -- $10.7 million -- provided that the tribes pass a referendum on July 10 to fund the other half, as well as a new performing arts center/auditorium, and districtwide capital improvements.
   On Monday, the board unanimously approved a plan to begin looking for individuals interested in serving on a committee to screen applicants for the position of project manager for the local projects.
   The district is posting a request for qualifications from potential project managers which will be due by June 29.
   In response to board concerns that the timeline is too short, Superintendent Rick Molitor commented, "I don't know how many people I've been contacted by already."
   The committee will likely consist of three or four district employees and community members, and all five board members, who will review applications, check references and select three to five for interviews, with the goal of selecting a project manager by July 13.
   "The community and the board's goal is to hire the best person," said Molitor, adding that the project manager will have the opportunity to apply for the position of project manager for the Warm Springs school after funding for the school is in place.
   Those interested in serving on the committee should submit a letter of interest with their names, contact information and a statement of why they want to serve on the committee to Cindy Stanfield, executive assistant to the board, at the district office, 445 S.E. Buff St., in Madras, no later than Friday, June 22. For more information, contact Stanfield at 541-475-6192.