$14 MILLION BOND ASKED FOR SCHOOLS

August 02, 2000 12:00 am

A conservative $14 million building program was chosen Monday by the Brookings-Harbor School Board to appear on the November general election ballot.

The board chose the program from a $23 million proposal based on recommendations made by a citizens committee that deliberated for about a year.

The school board members said the people would not want to spend more than $14 million. The district previously has asked without success for the voters to approve $25 million and $19 million proposals.

The board members said no one questioned the need for the improvements to be made by the $14 million.

Ironically, one of the people who worked for the defeat of the $25 million proposal cautioned the board to not cut the committees recommendation too much. Al Bernhard said the issues that caused the defeat of the last bond are not there. He said even that bond would have passed if there had been a difference in some 600 votes.

Bernhard was a member of the bond committee.

Here is what is proposed in the $14 million:

Kalmiopsis School: construct and cafeteria and multi-use building, $1.3 million; small gym, $1.2 million; 11 classrooms, $2.4 million; convert cafeteria, $98,300.

Azalea Middle School: construct cafeteria/multi-use building, $1.7 million; convert corridor to library, $135,000; convert cafeteria and kitchen hall, $93,750.

High school: cafeteria/ multi-use building and district kitchen, $1.69 million; develop common area and roof, $145,000; vocational tech (shops), $600,000.

The balance of the funds would be for contingencies and fees.

To reach the $14 million the school board threw out major projects proposed mainly at the high school including construction of a $3.45 million competition gym and conversion of the existing gym into performing arts rooms. The board also eliminated new district offices, $152,000.

Larry Anderson, a leader of the bond committee, said he would support the $14 million bond shaped by the school board. But he had concerns about how other members of the committee would feel about it. He said he detected concern in the body language shown by the few members who attended the meeting.

Bill Ferry, bond committee chairman, was not at Monday nights meeting. He and Anderson wrote a letter to the school board expressing concern that the board might pick too low an amount, and within a few years will be forced to return to the voters with another proposal.

Once the board selected what was considered a low amount, the bond committee wanted to select the items for the building program.

The school board apparently proceeded on its own because it must make a decision by Aug. 29 on what is to appear on the November ballot. The district favors the November election because at least 50 percent of the registered voters will go to the polls. Otherwise, there is the chance that even a favorable vote would be voided under state law.

The boards building program decision was unanimous among the four board members present: Dr. Brian Larsson, Jeanne Sever, Tom Davis and Mary Anderson. The elements of the reduced program were outlined by Dr. Larsson and served as the basis for what the board adopted.

During the boards long discussion of the matter, it touched on whether the buildings would be constructed all at once or in increments. Dr. Paul Prevenas, district superintendent, worried about the campus disruption during construction, and seemed to favor phasing in the construction, but architect Richard Bryant of Eugene said there are advantages to doing the work all at once.

There was also discussion of how the work would be supervised. The district could hire a construction manager, or engage a contractor to also serve as a manager. That question seemed to be left answered.

The board put to rest any consideration of using dome construction. The bond committee had proposed using domes for some of the main buildings. The purpose was to save money. Anderson, a building contractor, said there is evidence that no savings could be realized and that advantages would not outweigh the disadvantages. This supported the findings of architects Bryant and Harriet Cherry.

A meeting open to the public was scheduled between the architects, two school board representatives and members of the bond committee to discuss a site plan for the proposed work. It will be in the district board room at 2 p.m. Aug. 14.