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March 2016 Oversight Committee Update

Posted by Deb Jolda at 4/1/2016

In its March 14, 2016, written report to the board, the Oversight Committee noted that progress on the new Hamlin Middle School has been substantial. The Design Team finished the Design Development phase in February, finalizing all details of the project, including mechanical systems and other equipment, plus all landscape details.The district held a groundbreaking ceremony on February 25, and dirt began moving soon after.

Hamlin groundbreaking

In an effort to gain some time for the General Contractor, the District chose to separate the building package from the site excavation package. This Request for Proposal was conducted and awarded to Delta Construction on February 29, 2016.

Classroom Additions: Additions to accommodate full-day kindergarten were completed at Ridgeview, Yolanda, Riverbend, and Mt. Vernon elementary schools by the start of 2016. Work on a one-story addition to Maple Elementary is still in progress, expected to be completed in April 2016.

Riverbend classroom addition

Major Capital Improvement Projects: The committee noted a number of projects at schools across the district were completed in the summer of 2015, including The THS bleachers and cover; THS siding; the Page and Walterville parking lot replacements; and district-wide interior door locks.

Technology Updates: Work has been completed on wireless upgrades for Page, Guy Lee, Douglas Gardens and Yolanda elementary schools, Thurston High and Gateways High. New devices to date - 793 student devices, 100 library devices, 212 computer lab devices, 180 testing devices and 224 outdated staff devices. The goal: to create a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio of up-to-date computer devices in all schools across the district. Also, career technical education (CTE) programs received much-needed new equipment: at THS, a wide belt sander, laser cutter, three CNC router tables, three metal
lathes, Iron Worker metal sheer, and Mojo 3-D printer; at SHS, a wide belt sander, two brake lathes, eight kilns, and six metal lathes.

The report outlines the cost accounting for the completed projects and outlines the projects due to be completed in summer.