The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education on Thursday will weigh approval of more than $2 million in facility improvement costs.

The bulk of the $2 million in facility-related projects is a $1.57-million Measure BB payment to AWI Builders Inc., for information technology expansion.

SMMUSD has moved forward with a new data center as it upgrades technology infrastructure across the district with funds from two bond measures for school upgrades over the last decade.

Also on the list are payments of more than $319,000 to Bakersfield-based IVS Computer Technology for installation services and more than $108,000 to Meridian IT Inc. for software security. Those expenditures are coming out of money from Measure ES, a $385-million bond that voters backed in 2012.

Meanwhile, another $230,000 in new purchase orders are up for board consideration, according to a district report.

Highlighting the list is $30,000 to law firm Dannis Woliver Kelley for legal services stemming from negotiations with employee unions. The firm has also been involved with the district’s exploration of a possible split into separate Santa Monica and Malibu factions. Negotiations are ongoing between teams appointed by Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen.

The list also includes $25,000 to Los Angeles-based Gale Supply Co. for custodial supplies; more than $14,000 to Carson-based California Access Scaffold for repairs on John Adams Middle School’s auditorium; and more than $11,000 to Supply and Beyond for headphones at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The list of purchase orders also has two payments totaling nearly $10,000 to Inglewood-based Out-Fit, a sporting goods equipment company that provided the new strength-training equipment for Santa Monica High School’s weight room. Local boosters also contributed to the project.

The upgraded weight room features eight racks for squats and bench-pressing in a multipurpose and space-efficient configuration that increased the capacity of students who can work out or exercise at any given time. There’s room for nearly 50 athletes now, roughly double the number of kids who could fit previously.

“It’s got a totally different look,” Vikings football coach Ramsey Lambert recently told the Daily Press. “The kids walk down there and think they’re at a collegiate weight room, which is what they deserve. They love it. The kids are really enjoying it.”

Enrollment study

The school board on Thursday will receive an update on SMMUSD enrollment projections as the district prepares for the upcoming school year.

DecisionInsite, a district consultant that specializes in education demographics, will provide forecasts based on prior enrollment figures and other population factors related to census data.

Dean Waldfogel, vice president of DecisionInsite, will be available to answer board members’ questions.

“Staff will use DecisionInsite projection data as part of its determination of staffing allocations for the 2016-2017 school year, and will share enrollment projections and initial staffing recommendations with principals,” a district report reads.

At this time last year, Waldfogel informed the board that just 81 students had enrolled in kindergarten for every 100 graduating seniors in the district last year, although overall enrollment was expected to hold relatively steady.