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Students walk through the sky bridge at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, October 9, 2015. (MASON TRINCA/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

YAKIMA, Wash. — Work will begin Monday to repair the troubled “Blue Wall” at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School.

Yakima Board of Education members voted 4-0 Friday morning to award a $547,280 contract to Yakima-based Stephens and Sons Construction to repair the courtyard wall and leaky windows. Demolition work will be from 3 to 11 p.m. each day. The wall runs north-south through the school along the east side of the school’s courtyard.

The project involves replacing stainless steel tiles on the wall, adding a new breathable membrane over the wall’s base and installing new windows.

Crews are expected to complete the work by June 15. The building will remain in operation during the procedure, according to the district.

School staff first noticed water dripping down and pooling along the east side of the school’s courtyard. Leaks were found in 23 of the 26 windows in the wall, as well as in two classrooms.

Tests found mold levels above normal in one of the classrooms, and the room was cleaned, according to district officials. Subsequent monitoring found mold levels were normal.

The leaks are believed to be a defect from the original 2013 construction project when the school was replaced, according to district officials.

• Donald W. Meyers can be reached at 509-577-7748 or dmeyers@yakimaherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/donaldwmeyers.