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Sunnyside High School arranges temporary seating for graduation

A short term plan to seat hundreds of parents and family members for graduation at Sunnyside High School next month was approved by the Sunnyside School Board at last night's meeting.

The old, unsafe grandstand had been ordered to be torn down at last month's school board meeting, leaving only the visitor side bleachers available.

The school district looked at three bids and picked a company, NOR-PAC, to install the temporary fix. The project will cost the school district $93,732 and money will come out of the capital project fund.

"This is not a grandstand," Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole told the board. "It will be the same type of seating as on the visitor side."

Dave Plesha, assistant school superintendent, said the drawings for the plan were accepted April 11 and the materials will arrive on May 9.

The bleachers are supposed to be installed by May 23, giving a two-week time frame to assess the seating arrangement before the June 8 graduation date.

The bleachers are expected to be ready by June 1.

"It's going to be really close," Plesha said. "We'll also try to bring in some bleachers from other fields."

Cole told the board this is only a temporary solution and there will be approximately the same amount of seating available as previous graduations.

Plesha said the school board could have had its own workers install the seating but chose to spend the extra $18,000 to have NOR PAC install the bleachers because, Plesha said, "...they do this sort of thing all the time."

With such a small window between getting the bleachers up and graduation, Plesha said the district didn't want to take any chances.

These new bleachers will eventually be used for the visitors' side when a home grandstand is built some time in the future.

The two other bids the district received were from Northwest Recreation for $95,842 and Sacton-Bradley for $99,360.

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