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Contract Review Board approves $179,528 contract with COR Construction



The Lake Oswego School District’s Contract Review Board has awarded a contract to Southwest Portland-based COR Construction to install two new 36-by-54-foot portable buildings at River Grove Elementary School this summer.

The new portables will add room for the expansion of the Spanish immersion program and the implementation of full-day kindergarten. River Grove currently has two portable buildings, which were added to address space shortages when the district closed Bryant Elementary School three years ago to address a budget shortfall.

In July 2012, the city’s Development Review Commission approved having as many as eight portables at River Grove. As a result, enrollment at the school is capped at 460 students, although the goal is to increase that cap to 550 students, according to Stuart Ketzler, the district’s executive director of finance.

The district recently received the draft of a final traffic study that provides information about how to help manage traffic flow in the area now that more students will be attending school there, Ketzler said. There are plans to add more parking spaces as well.

COR’s $179,528 bid was approved on a 5-0 vote. The new buildings will be leased for $5,500 per month; the two 28-by-64-foot portable buildings now onsite are being leased for $4,300 per month.

In other action:

• The school board unanimously approved a bond reimbursing resolution, a necessary step if the district decides to put a bond measure on the ballot in 2016.

• The board also voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to refinance debt from two previous bond measures that are about to mature. The new interest rate will not exceed 4 percent and will be due in June 2030. The refinance is awaiting bids.

• The board approved increases to monthly fees for the district’s extended-day program, which were last increased in 2009. The rate for students in pre-K will increase from $330 to $390; from $235 to $275 for preschoolers who attend three days a week; and from $165 to $195 for preschoolers who attend two days a week.

• Parents of current and future Lake Oswego High School students received the green light from the board to raise funds for an $80,000 overhaul of the girls team room. It will provide a space “the girls can call their own,” said Athletic Director Brigham Baker, with room to watch game videos and review plays. Currently, girls and boys share what everyone still calls the “football room,” even though it’s a space for all athletes.

• Members of the all-girls K-8 robotics program were featured as part of the Oregon School Boards Association’s Promise of Oregon campaign, an effort to get local boards and community members involved in advocacy for education and to show people the value of education by spotlighting the dreams and achievements of amazing children. The girls shared how they’ve learned about computer programming and the mechanics of robots, and gained recognition at recent competitions.

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