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Officials: Hare grandstands need rebuilding

A backlog of safety and facility maintenance and repairs at Hillsboro School District facilities keeps mounting.by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - The grandstands at Hare Field are in need of replacement. Built in 1968, the current grandstands cannot be used beginning fall of 2014.

School board members last month learned of three more items that must move to the top of the district’s “high priority” maintenance list.

The grandstands at Hare Field and Glencoe High School need to be replaced, not an inexpensive proposition at $800,000. In addition, Reedville Elementary School’s storm drainage system needs reconstruction, a project that’s estimated to cost $600,000.

According to district chief financial officer Adam Stewart, Northwest Athletic Safety Services — the company the school district hires to conduct inspections of grandstands and bleachers at athletic facilities each summer — indicated in September 2013 that the grandstands at Hare Field on Northeast Grant Street and at the Glencoe High School track and football field both need replacing.

Northwest Athletic cited the National Fire Protection Association code on grandstands and folding and telescopic seating in its findings, Stewart said.

The grandstands at both locations need to be replaced or can no longer be used as of fall 2014, Stewart said. Glencoe and Hillsboro High use Hare Field as their home stadium for football.

Both sets of grandstands are original, Stewart said. The stands at Glencoe were built when the school was built in 1980. Hare Field grandstands were constructed in 1967.

The budget committee and school board are just beginning the budget process for the 2014-15 school year and will determine if funding will be provided to complete the projects, Stewart said.

This district’s high priority maintenance list contains 45 projects, from a handful of several million dollar seismic upgrades to school buildings to less expensive projects such as asphalt repair and safety lighting.

The top 10 items total an estimated $5.35 million.

In November 2013, voters rejected a $25 million bond measure that would have helped pay for some of the repairs at district buildings. Had the bond been approved, $4 million was earmarked for safety enhancements and $4 million would have been used for facility maintenance projects, including seismic upgrades and roof replacements.



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