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Plans laid for improvements at Bethel schools

8:45 am April 8th, 2013

The Bethel School District is moving forward with plans for remodeling at three of its schools.
At its Jan. 26 meeting, the School Board authorized advertising for bids from contractors on projects at Bethel Middle School and Evergreen and Rocky Ridge elementary schools. The projects include:
• Adding 3,000 square feet of space to the commons/cafeteria at Bethel Middle School and replacing the roof.
• Changing the layout of parking and making other improvements at Evergreen Elementary School. Officials want to improve traffic flow on the school grounds by moving the bus loop to the north side of the school and designating the front of the school as the pickup/dropoff zone for parents bringing children to school and taking them home. Plans also call for adding sidewalks, rebuilding the front parking lot and adding rain gardens to handle stormwater runoff, upgrading the ballfields, and adding a walking path and irrigation.
• At Rocky Ridge Elementary School, improvements are to include adding walls to the library and building an entry canopy.
The School Board also took action on another construction project by approving a contract with BNBuilders as the design-builder for the district’s new transportation center and central kitchen.
The project is expected to cost $19.4 million and will be located in the Frederickson industrial area, according to district officials. A groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for June 17.

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