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Bids for further WVHS remodel to be accepted

The remodel of West Valley High School is on track and moving forward.

At a special meeting Tuesday the board of directors approved a request to accept bids for the final phases of the remodel.

West Valley voters passed a 20-year $35 million construction bond in May to pay for it.

The bond proceeds will go toward the renovation of the high school, and will pay for additions to the district’s four elementary schools and to complete maintenance work on its two middle schools.

The district hopes to open the bidding process for the high school remodel at the end of July, with completion in four to six weeks, said Dave Smith, project manager.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to come back in September and look at the proposals,” Smith said.

The entire high school project is scheduled to be done in four phases, for completion in September 2007.

The first phase of the project began in May, and is just about finished, Smith said. The first phase included surfacing two parking lots, the relocation of two tennis courts and surfacing an area of the soccer field, which will house portable classrooms to be used by students during the other phases of the remodel.

Utility work, including work to power lines and sewer is also being completed in phase one.

Construction on the actual high school building would begin in late September or October, depending on when the bidding process is complete.

In some cases, the original building would be torn down to its structural shell and rebuilt.

Smith expects the bids for the remaining phases to come in between $25 million and $26 million. “That’s a very, very rough estimate,” Smith said. “Were still working on what we think the budget is going to be.”

The first phase cost $831,783 – $260,000 less than the $1.1 million the district estimated it would cost.

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