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School in first phase of capital improvements

By COLLEEN ARMSTRONG
Islands Sounder Publisher, Editor
February 22, 2013 · 10:32 AM
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Orcas School has wasted no time in moving ahead with its capital improvements.

After voters overwhelmingly approved a $11.9 million bond in the November election, the administration has met with its advisory committee twice.

The architectural firm Mahlum has designed a concept that keeps the existing foundation and calls for extensive remodel work in the middle school, library and cafeteria. In addition, a satellite building will be constructed for tech education. That site will also be used to house students during the school year when construction is taking place, which Mahlum architect Butch Reifert says will eliminate the expense of portable classrooms.

Mahlum has presented five general schematics to the advisory group. On March 4 at 3 p.m. Reifert will go into more detail on the proposed designs. The community is invited to attend the session in the school library.

“Hopefully, the group will choose one and they can start designing,” said school board member Janet Brownell.

The designing process will take until this October. Permitting and bidding will happen in November and December. Construction will start in the beginning of 2014.

The bond is for 20 years and the terms are 26 cents per thousand. Voters also approved a two-year general technology capital projects levy. The levy, which is $.06 per $1,000 assessed value, will pay for modernizing the school’s technology facilities.

 


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