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Food service workers get recognition, board approves new student representatives

The Lake Oswego School District made a leap forward in the creation of the new district pool Monday when the board approved the memorandum of understanding, a document that puts into effect the Intergovernmental Agreement between LOSD and the city of Lake Oswego.

The MOU is a confirmation of the location of the future pool — which will be at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course — and a commitment for funding the project by both entities.

After $7 million was allocated to the restoration or rebuilding of the district pool by voters with the 2017 approval of a $187 million capital investment bond, and the city passed a parks and recreation bond in 2019, the district and the city reached a partnership to build the pool on city property at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course.

A joint meeting held with LOSD and the City on March 16 resulted in the entities proceeding with the MOU, but it wasn't officially approved until Monday's meeting.

The district and the City will now be able to proceed with designs and consulting for the construction of the pool..

The cost of the pool and recreation center project will be split in half and both the City and school district will pay an estimated $15 million each, though off-site improvements and updates to the golf course will need to be made to transition it from an 18-hole to an improved 9-hole course with better drainage spaces and a driving range.

On Monday, Executive Director of Project Management Tony Vandenberg told the board the next steps include preparing the budget as well as setting up the project schedule.

Vandenberg said that, ideally, the team would break ground for the construction of the pool sometime in 2021.

"Sometimes we get lost to the fact that this is historic," Board Chair Rob Wagner said.

"It charts a course for the city and the school district to be able to work so closely together."

Also at Monday's meeting, Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele took a moment to highlight the work of the district food service employees.

"We're just so proud of all the work that they have done to help make sure that all of our kids are being fed during this really difficult time," Schiele said.

Wagner agreed.

"Sometimes we think of food services as something that's an extra, like you can access a choice to be able to get a meal … what these folks are doing is a critical lifeline for families," Wagner said.

With the school year at its end, the 2019-2020 school board student representatives recommended two new student representatives to the board, which the board approved. Mete Bakircioglu, an incoming senior at Lakeridge high school, and Liza Wadell, an incoming senior at Lake Oswego High School, will serve as the school board student representatives for the 2020-2021 school year.

"I'm looking forward to representing my communities and I can't wait to get started," said Bakircioglu, who was present at the meeting.


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