Coos Bay
Bethany Baker, The World

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay School District has begun its search for a project manager and architect firm.

Since the Coos Bay BEST Bond was approved by voters in November 2017, the district laid out its timeline to get its new buildings and renovations completed. The first step has now been taken by going out to bid for project manager and architect firm.

“We put that information out Monday and that will stay out for two weeks,” said district Superintendent Bryan Trendell. “After that we will hold a general meeting for folks to bid and get the details of what we are looking for as a district, and then it goes two more weeks for them to submit bids. We will go through those and then award the bids. In total, it’s about a six week process.”

Trendell announced the update during Monday night’s regular school board meeting. He told The World that though the district has a rough plan in place for where it wants to begin with the $59.9 million project, once it fills those positions more details will come together.

“The community and staff are all going to have an opportunity for input for building designs between now and the end of the school year for a lot of what we’re doing,” Trendell said. “It’s exciting, we’re moving forward. When you look out and still see the old Eastside and Harding buildings, we haven’t torn them down yet, but we are moving forward.”

In February, the school board is expected to pass a resolution stating that the district will sell the bonds sometime in spring.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.