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Soapbox: School district is thankful to complete bond projects

Dana Terhune is a Tualatin resident who serves as president of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board.

Thanks to careful planning, competitive bidding, effective project management and quality contractors (many of them local), all the construction projects completed as part the Tigard-Tualatin School District’s 2011 bond measure have come in on time and under budget.

Those same factors have also made it possible to stretch those construction dollars so that several additional projects could be completed.

The $20 million bond measure included $10 million earmarked for school construction projects and $10 million reserved for textbook and technology purchases. The final phase of the construction part of the bond is nearing completion, and the last textbook and technology purchases will be made this year. Among the largest and most visible of the construction projects were new roofs at Tualatin High and Hazelbrook Middle schools. Both projects protect the community’s long-term investment in each of those facilities. New roofs were also installed at Durham Center and over the cafetorium at Twality Middle School. While roofs were being replaced at some buildings, floors and windows were the focus at others. Worn carpeting and flooring were replaced at Fowler, Twality and Hazelbrook middle schools and in the Tualatin High auditorium. Failing windows were replaced at Tualatin High, and the exterior windowed vestibules at Mary Woodward and Byrom were repaired. Worn classroom furniture was replaced at Twality, Fowler, Deer Creek, Bridgeport, Templeton and Durham Center, while cafeteria furniture was replaced at Woodward, Tigard High and Tualatin High. Auditorium seats were reupholstered in Tigard High’s Deb Fennell Auditorium. New countertops, gas hook-ups and sinks were installed in middle school science classrooms to improve safety and better accommodate science experiments. Tigard High’s track was replaced, and tracks at Twality and Fowler were resurfaced. Parking lots at four schools were improved, drainage issues at two school playgrounds were resolved and handicapped accessibility throughout the district was improved. Freezers/coolers were upgraded at five schools, and boilers were replaced at three. Without the passage of the 2011 bond, none of these projects would have been completed. In fact, none would have been started. We owe our community a big thank you for passing the bond levy. These bond dollars keep our buildings healthy and in good repair.

On behalf of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, thank you for supporting our schools and protecting our community’s investments.

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