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Schools hire project chief

At a rate of one percent of the project cost, Milstead and Associates will manage the $9.1 million construction projects for Hood River County Schools.

Jerry Milstead, who heads the Clackamas-based project management firm, attended last week's construction meeting and has already begun work for the district, superintendent Jerry Sessions told the school board Wednesday. The board approved Sessions' recommendation that Milstead and Associates be hired.

Milstead inherits a set of projects that district officials have acknowledged are behind schedule. Silco Construction is currently working on an addition at May Street Elementary, renovations at the high school, and Cascade Locks School expansion."Jerry (Milstead) will help us get back up to speed," Sessions said.

The roof on the May Street addition is expected to be completed this weekend, Sessions said. The high school addition was delayed when workers discovered that an existing wall was not strong enough to support the new section.

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