School board votes on Lakeridge stadium upgrades

An artist rendering of the Lakeridge High School football stadium, May 5, 2014
An artist rendering of the Lakeridge High School football stadium, May 5, 2014

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Lake Oswego school board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to support upgrades to Lakeridge High School’s football stadium but with a few conditions attached.

According to Lake Oswego School District Director of Communications Nancy Duin, the school board supports the $2.2 million project if the Lake Oswego community raises a minimum of $500,000 and an appropriate source of district funding can be identified.

The school board also unanimously rejected current bids at the meeting in addition to deciding to get additional opinions and taking another look at the design of the project, Duin said.

Forty-eight parents voiced their opinions at a parent meeting Monday evening arguing for and against the upgrades to the school’s football stadium that would include a canopy cover, press box and additional seating.

Some parents said they are upset the money is not being used to repair other schools in the district and do not like the thought of spending on athletics before academics.

Those who support the project, including Lakeridge High School parent Diane Welburn, said it’s time for the improvements.

“We waited long enough. Now is the time to do it,” said Welburn.

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