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The Kelso School Board Monday is expected to select an architectural and engineering team to design the bond-funded renovations for Butler Acres and Carrolls elementary schools.

The $98.6 million bond voters approved in February 2017 provides for “school modernization” at those two elementary schools, as well as Huntington Middle School. The elementary school renovations are slated to begin in the spring of 2020, while the middle school updates are scheduled for the following year. A design process precedes both projects.

District officials interviewed two firms for the project: Collins Architectural Group of Longview and EL, Architects of Vancouver. The selection committee recommends the board select the Longview firm, according to a memo by district Finance Director Scott Westlund.

“Craig Collins has provided our school district with over 38 years of service on numerous projects, knows our schools well and has performed exemplary service over the years,” the memo reads.

Should the board approve Collins’ selection, the district will begin contract negotiations, the memo says. The projected start date for the project is May 1.

Also Monday the board will:

  • Vote on a resolution to appoint a district representative to sell $33.6 million in general obligation bonds.
  • Hear an update on the budget creation process for 2019-20, including a discussion of an online budget survey the district completed on Friday.
  • Hear a status report for this year’s budget.
  • Recognize students from Barnes Elementary School and hear a presentation about student achievement at the school by Principal Angela Hansen.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the administrative building on Crawford Street.

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