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509-J board approves manager for W.S. project

Tribes must also give approval

   School District 509-J is not planning to sell Westside, but is making plans for an evaluation of the property.
   On Monday, Aug. 27, the board unanimously approved a proposed service contract from Innovation Partnership, which will have four members visit the school on Sept. 20.
   "They would come in and evaluate Westside," he said, to consider potential uses for the school. The evaluation will cost an estimated $3,325.
   The school board also approved the Wenaha Group, of Pendleton, as the project manager for the K-8 school, which will be constructed in Warm Springs, as a result of the passage of a $26.7 million bond measure in May. The district will use about $10.7 million toward construction of the Warm Springs school.
   The Warm Springs Tribal Council, which was set to meet Aug. 28 (after deadline), must also approve the project manager for the Warm Springs school. The tribes, which are donating land for the school, are expected to pay half of the construction costs.
   Wenaha Group was selected earlier as the project manager for construction of an auditorium and football stadium at Madras High School, as well as districtwide improvements.