|BOARD STICKS TO $14 MILLION|
|August 22, 2000 11:00 pm|
The Brookings-Harbor School Board made it clear Monday that it intends to seek approval of no more than $14 million in general obligation bonds at the November election.
The board also indicated by its vote that it intends to present a detailed proposal to the voters.
With two board members absent, the school board declined to take action until next Wednesday 7 p.m. to put the matter on the Nov. 7 ballot.
By then, the board hopes that the refinements have been made in the proposed building program. Two of the districts three principals, Floyd Strandberg of the high school and Sue Musser of the middle school still had concerns.
The building program is being shaped by architects Richard Bryant and Harriet Cherry of Eugene. Theyve been making changes to the program as they have been suggested by the principals and members of the citizens bond committee.
It seemed from the comments of the principals that the $14 million program will not solve all of the districts space needs. For example, there is a new cafeteria proposed at the high school, but there is no covered walkway to protect students from the heavy rain.
Strandbergs concerns extended beyond that, however. He and Musser were worried about having enough classrooms.
Part of the solution at the high school is conversion of old facilities, like the current cafeteria. into classrooms. The $14 million is not enough for all of the conversion work, architects said.
Dr. Paul Prevenas, superintendent, said the district uses some of its operating funds every year for improvements to the buildings. He said that work would supplement the bond plan.
Some of the other projects to be accomplished by the school district would be expansion of the parking at the high school. Bryant admitted some of the parking would be lost because of construction. But, he didnt know how much.
That additional construction would include a new softball diamond to be built for the high school on Kalmiopsis school property. The old diamond is to be used for a new building at the elementary school, which includes a new cafeteria and small gymnasium.
After the school board meeting adjourned Monday night, the principals met with the architects. It was indicated that at least some of the concerns were answered, and that the architects will be prepared next Wednesday to lay out a detailed program, including square footage and element costs.
The architects indicated that the school board may have choices to make to stay within the $14 million.
Dr. Brian Larsson, chairman of the school board, was instrumental in the board requiring such detail before the election. It is not required by law. The board could simply set an amount, and then ask for the voters to approve it.
Frank Cembellin, a member of the bond committee, and a retired contractor, read an open letter to the school board. He said the bond program should be planned in detail, and then, if the bonds are approved, should be constructed as promised. Dr. Larsson said he agreed with him.
When the board attempted to set the bond amount, Larsson dissented. It came out that the board has until Sept. 7 to put the matter on the ballot. Before then, it was thought the deadline was Aug. 29. That, however, is the deadline for candidates to file. There is additional time for bond proposals to be put on the ballot, Dr. Prevenas said.
Board members Mary Anderson and Tom Davis were absent. The board could act with just three members present, but all three had to agree for a matter to be passed. That is why Dr. Larssons dissent blocked the board from taking action.
The building program is expected to be the only item on the agenda for Wednesdays (Aug. 30) special meeting.