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Board approves new lights for tennis courts at LOHS

Potential projects for 2016-17 include improvements at River Grove Elementary and both high schools

School board members approved new lights for Lake Oswego High School's tennis courts Monday and discussed a wide variety of other capital improvement projects proposed for 2016-17.

Those potential projects include extending a covered walkway at River Grove Elementary, maintenance for field turf at both high schools and replacing a district vehicle that was built in 1977 and is currently covered in mold.

Meeting as the Contract Review Board, school board members approved a $334,826 contract with Musco Lighting for the installation of energy-efficient halide lights at the LOHS tennis courts. (When the board takes action on contracts of more than $150,000, it acts as the Contract Review Board, which in previous years was a separate entity.)

The project was made possible by the support of donor Charley Cobb, who also was instrumental in funding a project to replace the cover and install a bigger press box at the LOHS stadium.

“Sincere and grateful thanks to Mr. Cobb for donating this,” school board member John Wendland said.

Halide lights are 40 percent more energy efficient than regular lights. The work will begin this August.

Capital improvement projects proposed for next year could include extending the walkway over the portables at River Grove Elementary School for $40,000. Board member Sarah Howell said she personally has slipped in the uncovered portion of the walkway on rainy days, and she was glad to see the project on the list.

Projects also could include improving the main field artificial turf and replacing the auditorium lighting system and controls at Lakeridge High School for $100,000, as well as replacing the main field artificial turf and replacing the auditorium lighting system and controls at LOHS for $100,000.

“Temporary rented lighting systems have had to be employed at both high schools this year, so these replacement projects will eliminate the need for ongoing lighting system rentals,” according to a staff report in the board’s meeting packet.

Turf improvements are under warranty and are being paid for by the manufacturer. School board member Bob Barman praised school district staff’s efforts to save money by determining that the fields were still under warranty.

“I think this is another great example of our staff protecting taxpayers’ money,” Barman said.

For $30,000, the district also plans to replace a moldy vehicle built in 1977 that is generally parked at the Facilities Building and is used to run errands and to make deliveries.

With an 11 percent contingency of $30,000 set aside and an estimated $50,000 in architectural and engineering fees, the total proposed capital budget for 2016-17 is $350,000. The project list was provided for the board’s information, but it has not been finalized. The Legal Budget Committee will review the proposed capital projects lists this spring before sending the school board a recommended budget.

The board will review and could potentially alter the budget before adopting it.

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