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Bethel school board: construction, kindergarten, open board seats

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm with No Comments »
March 19, 2012 9:20 pm

Unexpected costs related to potential safety issues at a Bethel School District construction project will be discussed at a special meeting of the school board Tuesday night.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday March 20 in the school district Educational Service Center in Spanaway, 516 176th St. E.
Board members will hold a public hearing and decide whether to use funds from a $175 million bond measure passed in 2006 to cover the unanticipated costs.

The district needs to add about $700,000 to fund construction of the Bethel Learning Center, which will offer meeting space and a kitchen facility for both school and community use. The center, funded by state and federal grants along with community donations, was originally budgeted at about $1.8 million.

But federal regulations raised the cost to an estimated $2.5 million, primarily because a natural gas pipeline runs under the property (although not underneath the proposed building site) on 38th Avenue East near Bethel Junior High School.
Because of the pipeline, federal regulations require additions such as blast-resistant windows, wall reinforcements and a more sophisticated fire suppression system, district spokeswoman Krista Carlson said.

Also on the board agenda is possible action on restoring funding for all-day kindergarten at the district’s high-poverty schools and determining questions to ask candidates for two open board positions.

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