Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 2002

School board set to announce future construction plans

July 10, 2002

Since last August, officials in the Basehor-Linwood School District have been meeting to decide what area would be the focus of a future bond issue.
It appears those meetings will come to a conclusion.
At its monthly workshop Monday, July 8, school board members said it would announce Monday, July 15 what area would be targeted for a new bond issue.
Until the meeting, school officials aren't tipping their hand as to what area will be the focus for the bond issue.
"The board wants to make that announcement themselves," said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations.
Swartz said Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Cal Cormack would give a presentation concerning district growth during the meeting.
But there hasn't been any indication what area he will address.
However, school officials have monitored growth and made projections about what areas would have the most need in the next several years. Those finding have been discussed in previous meetings.
One of those areas is Basehor Elementary School.
The latest enrollment figure at BES was 361. The school has a maximum capacity of 411.
There are at least six subdivisions in various planning stages in the Basehor area. Elementary age children living in those developments would be sent to BES.
School officials said if current growth projections are correct approximately .53 students per new home then enrollment at BES could be close to 850 students when the new homes are completed.
"Obviously, that would be a problem," Swartz said.
The projected numbers could change when new enrollment numbers are determined in September and if new subdivisions continue to spring up, he said.
"Those are all just the ones starting to go," Swartz said. "Who knows what else will be in the making later on down the line."
If recent history is any indication, bond issues in the Basehor-Linwood School District have not fared well.
Before the school district received approval from voters in 1997, a bond issue for the renovation of Basehor-Linwood High School and parts of Basehor-Linwood Middle School failed five times.
After it was approved, construction to the areas started in 1998 and was finished in 2001.
It is unknown when the bond issue would be proposed to Basehor and Linwood voters.
The next scheduled election is November 5.
"That's part of what's being decided, is when," Swartz said.
"The rule of thumb is you ought to have at least a three-month campaign," he added.

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