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LOSD hires director of project management

Randy Miller will join the district in April after five years with Portland Public Schools

MILLERLake Oswego School District has named Randy Miller as its executive director of project management, a newly created position.

Currently the director of project management for Portland Public Schools (PPS), Miller will step into his new role April 6. The school board is scheduled to officially approve his appointment that evening.

Miller said he is “thrilled” about his new job. He has been a Lake Oswego resident for all but four of the past 25 years, and one of his two children grew up in the area, graduating from Lakeridge High in 2013.

“It’s my hometown, and it’s a chance to give back to support the schools here professionally, doing what I have been trained to do,” Miller said.

C.J. Sylvester, chief of PPS’s Office of School Modernization, said Miller is “gregarious,” “detail-oriented” and the right person for the position.

“I think it is going to be very good for the Lake Oswego School District and very good for Randy Miller as well,” Sylvester said.

Miller’s position will involve implementing a long-term facilities master plan and managing capital projects. LOSD officials hope to have a voter-approved capital construction bond in hand by May 2016 to address a long list of deferred maintenance needs. The school board would select the bond projects with public input and support from district staff.

Miller’s other duties will include ensuring that projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective way and that the district’s architectural and landscape standards are maintained during design and construction phases.

“Randy’s past experience fits exactly with what the district needs,” said Nancy Duin, LOSD director of communications.

Starting with downtown redevelopment, Miller has been working in project management for nearly 30 years. He spent the past five years with PPS, where he was an integral member of a team that managed more than $100 million in capital projects.

“He’s competent, and he understands the work,” said Jim Owens, executive director of the PPS Office of School Modernization, who worked with Miller on the project management team. “He’s collaborative. He’s really someone I view as capable, and he’s delivered great outcomes for the summer (bond) work.”

Miller is also a leader, currently serving as president-elect of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International. He becomes president July 1.

“I’ve been in the business a long time,” Miller said. “I have a lot of experience. I’m working for the largest school district in the Northwest, outside of Seattle. So I have solid facilities experience and bond experience.”

A real estate study last year indicated $24.11 million in maintenance is needed at the LOSD’s elementary and junior high schools. The study said all of the work would need to be done within 10 years, much of it within five.

Studies last fall indicated that the Lakeridge Junior High-Bryant Elementary School campus should be razed within a decade because the soil underneath them is unstable, and that Oak Creek Elementary needs $7 million in repairs because of water damage. District administrators later determined some of that work could be delayed.

The district’s Facilities Advisory Committee in January released a report with preliminary analyses of all the facilities’ needs, including a closer look at maintenance costs and building values. The report also included a recommendation to hire a project manager.

Miller said he’d like to see more “destructive testing,” which might involve, for example, tearing back walls to peer inside. Such testing is how officials determined the extent of Oak Creek’s water damage.

He said more testing of local schools’ soil should be done as well. Soil stability affects a building’s load-bearing capability.

The real estate study did not include the high schools, which underwent upgrades in the mid-2000s. Miller said he does not yet know what type of repairs they need, if any.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” he said.

By Jillian Daley
503-636-1281, ext. 109
email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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