The Hermiston School Board approved a project manager for the 2019 bond projects this week.

“This is a very exciting day,” said second vice chair Ginny Holthus.

District superintendent Tricia Mooney recommended Wenaha Group Incorporated to the board during the school board’s Dec. 9 meeting. She said the project management and consulting firm was the lone applicant during the request for proposal process.

“Wenaha Group has partnered with Hermiston School District for quite a while,” board chairwoman Karen Sherman said. “I was excited when I heard they put in for request for proposal.”

Dave Fischel, current vice president of Wenaha Group, was project manager for the 2008 bond projects, according to a recent press release from the district.

Wenaha Group provided a facilities assessment for the Umatilla School District, which completed construction projects from a $10.5 million bond in June.

The Pendleton-based firm has also worked with the Milton-Freewater and Pendleton school districts, as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, according to its website.

Voters approved the district’s $82.7 million bond in November. Bond projects include the replacement of Rocky Heights Elementary School and the construction of a new elementary school.

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