WLHS, Willamette and Sunset to see improvements

West Linn-Wilsonville School District Director of Operations Tim Woodley provided an update on three upcoming projects at Monday evening’s school board meeting.

The projects, which add up to a total of $3.49 million in budgeted costs, include the replacement of West Linn High School’s north parking lots, interior renovations at Willamette Primary School and site improvements at Sunset Primary School.

The projects are funded through the 2008 voter-approved capital improvement bond.

The parking lot project has received a green light by the city of West Linn and will begin receiving public bids ithis month.

Under current scheduling, construction will begin after school is out and be completed by Aug. 30 — before the 2013-14 school year starts. The lots will be replaced entirely, and a total of 11 spaces will be added to the school’s total of 198.

“It’s a fairly straightforward project,” Woodley said.

Woodley did note that a point of emphasis was the addition of handicapped parking for visitors attending sporting events, the lack of which has drawn criticism in the past.

The $1.93 million project also includes enhancements of traffic flow patterns, storm water management, sidewalks and parking lot lighting.

Woodley noted that this was not meant to be a quick fix but rather “a long-term investment.”

Over at Willamette Primary School, a project will take care of necessary interior renovations.

Improvements include the replacement of select windows and doors, the renovation of four bathrooms on a second floor classroom wing and the removal of asbestos — which has already been discovered in more than one location.

This $1.40 million project is also slated to be completed by Aug. 30, according to Woodley.

The work at Sunset Primary School requires significantly less funding, and is highlighted by the installation of a trash compacter as well as chain-link fencing on the property’s east side. Sunset, according to Woodley, will be the last school in the district to install a trash compacter, and the fencing is meant as a safety barrier between children and Bitner Street.

The district acquired the northern section of Sunset Park back in 2011, and this project is meant to take better advantage of that acquisition.

“It’s our interest to capture that for playground and student use,” Woodley said.

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