Butte school trustees approved the first part of a two-phase parking makeover at West Elementary School on Monday.
The project will replace parking lot asphalt to the south side of the school, 1000 Steele St., said Jed Hoopes, transportation and facilities director.
Total estimated cost for Phase 1 is $617,735, which will include $80,574 to pay Pioneer Technical Services to lead engineering design and oversight of the project, including the bidding process.
The money will come out of the building maintenance budget and the general elementary fund, said J.R. Richardson, district business director.
“It will deplete the building fund in its entirety,” said Richardson. “The fund is separate from the mill levy, so it won’t have any tax impact.”
Phase 1 will provide “much needed” bus lanes and drop-off lanes and expand the parking lot from about 70 to 104 parking spots, said Hoopes. Four additional Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant parking spaces will be added, too.
“It is an appropriate use for the infrastructure project,’’ Richardson told trustees.
Trustees voted 8-0 to approve the project. The original parking lot was built in 1968, said Hoopes.
A second phase also is planned in the future. Phase 2 will expand the parking lot entrance and include an exit. Phase 2, a separate project, will also require board approval.