OCEAN PARK - "We want to welcome everybody to the first school board meeting in Ocean Park," said board chairman Ed Guelfi as he brought the meeting of the Ocean Beach School District Directors to order Monday night.

For the first time in over 10 years, the twice-a-month board meeting was held on the north end of the Peninsula, at the Pacific County Fire District No. 1 hall in Ocean Park. The plan is to hold the first meeting of each month, held on the second Monday, on the north end. It has been scheduled for the Ocean Park fire hall for at least the next two months.

With the assembly being held in this location, it seemed only natural that the top order of business be in regards to the town. Superintendent Tom Lockyer presented a resolution of recommendation for awarding the contract for hazardous materials abatement at the old Ocean Park School.

The job opened to bids on March 3, with Keystone Contracting, Inc. of Ridgefield coming in with the lowest bid - $56,684.40. Keystone's winning bid was less than half the amount of the highest bid of $117,330 by Wm. Dickson Co. of Tacoma.

Guelfi said the district contacted the ESD 112 to ask if they had worked with Keystone before, which they had, and recommended their work.

The board was pleased and awarded the winning bid. Guelfi added that the bid came in $40,000 cheaper then they had originally expected. The job is scheduled to begin on March 18, and the contract includes the necessary security measures of boarding up the open window frames that will be left empty after the project is completed until construction on the building is scheduled to begin in late June. The abatement work includes removing the glass block windows, which are held together with asbestos caulking.

In the consent agenda, the board approved the retirement of long-time secretary at Hilltop School, Eloise Ann Kluth. Kluth will have her last day at the school on May 1. The district is currently advertising for her replacement. The board also approved the hiring of Ilwaco Jr. High School track and field assistant coaches Sarah Taylor and Nick Lyster.

The action items of the meeting wrapped up quickly on a shorter than average agenda. The remainder of the meeting, which lasted over two hours, was spent reviewing and discussing OBSD Policy No. 4260, regarding use of school facilities. A group of six representatives from the Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce were onhand and discussed the items in question of policy with the board. The board will review the policy and its suggested changes again at the first meeting of next month before taking any official action. A report of the items discussed will appear in next week's Chinook Observer.

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