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West Linn-Wilsonville School District to replace aging athletic spaces, lighting and more

COURTESY PHOTO - Two Bolton Primary classrooms will be demolished this summer to create a new music room with storage and a conference room. Five years after capital improvement projects and renovations from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's 2014 Capital Bond began, 92.5% of funds have been spent.

During the district's Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) meeting April 17, administration provided an update on the 2014 Capital Bond and announced several planned projects for summer 2019, including replacing lighting at district schools, resurfacing tennis courts at high schools and replacing the track at Inza R. Wood Middle School.

"They're really important improvements," said Director of Operations Tim Woodley. "Those are things that are really noticed at every school."

Last summer, several projects were completed with 2014 bond funds. West Linn High School's entryway was remodeled, turf was replaced at Wood and energy-efficient lighting was upgraded at a handful of schools.

But summer did not provide enough time to complete all necessary projects. And while several renovations are planned to happen right around the corner, the cost for each project is not yet confirmed, as some plans are still being negotiated with contractors.

Cedaroak Park Primary

The school will receive new flooring for classrooms and porches — shared spaces for learning outside a cluster of classrooms — and asbestos abatement. A new generator will also replace the current battery-based emergency power system.

Stafford Primary

A new generator will replace the current battery-based emergency power system and the school will receive new freezers.

Bolton Primary

The school will undergo the demolition of two existing classrooms and the creation of a new conference room and music room with storage.

Willamette Primary

Performance lighting for the stage will be installed.

Boeckman Creek Primary

The current vinyl-wrapped wall panels in the school will be replaced along with select mechanical upgrades. In partnership with the PTA, the school received a few pieces of playground equipment that was installed over spring break. Final touches still need to be made.

Inza R. Wood Middle School{img:240208}

The athletic track, which was last surfaced in 2004, will be replaced and the existing window system by the courtyard will be replaced with double doors to create an entryway.

Rosemont Ridge Middle School

Dugouts will be installed at the baseball field.

Athey Creek Middle School

The school will receive new wrestling mats and the installment of a storage system for wrestling mats.

West Linn High School

Performance lighting in the auditorium will be upgraded to energy-efficient lighting and the crosswalk flashers will be upgraded to ensure consistent operation. The tennis courts, which were last surfaced in 2012, will be resurfaced and the nets will be replaced, along with the replacement of worn out high jump and pole vault pits, and the old discus cage. The main gym will also receive new bleachers.

Wilsonville High School

The tennis courts, which were last surfaced in 2012, will be resurfaced and the nets will be replaced. Athletic field lighting will also be installed for use on the softball field.

Also during the April 17 meeting, the LRPC approved the recommended projects for a potential 2019 Capital Bond.

The LRPC has recommended seven capital projects, which will cost an estimated $206.8 million, that could potentially be funded by a capital bond measure. Projects include the construction of performing arts center at WHS, a primary school in Frog Pond, and a new middle school — which would become Athey Creek — on district-owned property on Dollar Street in West Linn.

The original Athey Creek building would be remodeled for the current Arts and Technology High School and WLHS would receive stadium and parking improvements. Other improvements involve up-to-date technology and district-wide upgrades at every school.

The LRPC presented the recommendations to the board April 22.

Reporter Clara Howell can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-479-2384.


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