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Steele elected as school board chair

Kathy Ludwig’s first West Linn-Wilsonville School Board meeting as the district’s superintendent was quick yet eventful, beginning with some potentially problematic news relating to the new Sunset Primary School.

Ludwig started out the regular board meeting Friday, July 8, with the announcement that the Sunset Primary bond project, the replacement of the current primary school, has been” challenged at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals by the Save Our Sunset Park group.”

Ludwig said the district’s legal team is handling the LUBA process, and Operations Director Tim Woodley is working with the project contractor, Triplett Wellman Construction, to finish remaining permitting while gathering supplies and preparing the site.

“We’re now in the legal process with the appeal,” Ludwig said. “In the meantime we’re getting permits for construction that will be submitted and received, the general contractor is working with subcontractors, submitting paperwork, ordering materials. ... We’ll update the board as things develop.”

The board did make major headway on the building of the new Meridian Creek Middle School by approving a construction contract with Robinson Construction Co. for a contract price of $22.9 million, which was $2 million less than the architect estimate of $24.9 million.

The project included a number of additive elements (alternates), including an auxiliary gym and maker space classroom among others.

In other business, Chelsea Martin nominated Keith Steele for board chair for the coming year, leading to a 3-0 vote — board member Regan Molatore wasn’t present and Betty Reynolds abstained — making Steele the new chair. Molatore was subsequently elected vice chair by the exact same vote of 3-0 with Reynolds abstaining.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 15.

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