By Pat Grubb
With school out for the summer, construction work on the Blaine school district’s capital improvement projects are in full swing. Beynon Sports Surfaces, a Maryland-based manufacturer and installer of synthetic track surfaces, has begun repairing the base and replacing the surface of the high school track. Operating worldwide, Beynon installed the track facilities at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, which is used for Olympic trials.
Re-carpeting at the elementary school is close to being finished; however, plans to install a new playground have been put on hold due to the timing and scheduling of other construction projects that impact this particular project. Expected to take two months, the middle school reroofing job has begun, as has the repaving of the parking lot next to the middle school gym at the corner of H and Mitchell streets.
Prior to the construction of an addition to the primary school, the existing playground needs to be moved. Construction on the new playground will start at the end of the month and take two to three weeks to complete. Bids for the primary school expansion are expected to come in September.
In Point Roberts, reroofing of the Point Roberts Primary School is expected to begin mid-month. The district is in discussions with the Point Roberts parks district regarding various options for a new playground. The school property abuts Baker Field where the current playground is sited. The current structure would need to be removed to accommodate the new playground.
Planned site prep work at the high school, which primarily includes relocation of utility services, will not take place this summer following discussions with the city of Blaine.
The work is part of the $45 million capital projects bond that voters approved in February 2015. The bond replaces existing bonds that expire in 2016. Approximately $38 million will be used for improvements to the high school with the rest spread over various schools and maintenance items.