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School improvements to be set by fall

Some big improvements are in store this summer for Lake Tahoe Unified schools.

From landscape repairs at Al Tahoe Elementary School to the addition of surveillance cameras at South Tahoe Middle School, numerous projects are slated for completion by the 2001-02 school year.

The majority of the district’s facilities projects will be funded from capital outlay, although many of the larger projects will be paid for with Measure C bond monies.



In a May 4, 1999 special election, Measure C, a facilities bond to finance critically needed repairs and renovations at Lake Tahoe Unified schools, was passed by 82.6 percent of the votes.

Measure C funds made possible last summer’s major modernizations at Bijou Community and South Tahoe Middle schools.




This year’s extensive list of district projects includes the following: Multipurpose room structural retrofits at Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley elementary schools; primary wing re-roofing at Bijou; playground repairs and overlay at Meyers; playground equipment and office roof replacement at Sierra House; installation of surveillance cameras and soccer field refurbish at South Tahoe Middle School and the reroofing of the high school theater in addition to a $700,000 seismic retrofit.

Bids for roofing and asphalt projects likely will be awarded to contractors July 19, district Facilities Director Steve Morales said.

“Most of the projects will be completed this summer,” Morales said. “The only wild card is our seismic retrofit up at the high school and that may actually go later. This one must be approved by the Department of State Architecture and we’re waiting for those plans to come back.”

A districtwide storm drain cleaning and the realignment of staff at the district office likely will run the district about $15,000 combined, according to an outline of 2001-02 facilities projects. The sum will come out of capital outlay budgeted funds.

More than $90,000 is budgeted for perimeter fencing replacement and repairs, crack fill, seal coats, FA upgrades and Knox Box installations at all school sites.

“Our focus during the summer shifts from on-call maintenance and repair to project-oriented work,” Morales said. “There is a fair amount of this that is done internally. Our staff consists of journey level and licensed contractors in all fields.”


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