Archive for Wednesday, September 18, 2002

School District set to announce final bond issue details at upcoming meeting

September 18, 2002

Plans for a proposed bond issue continue in the Basehor-Linwood School District.

Final details should be announced during a public meeting Sept. 30, school officials said.

In January, the school district will ask Basehor-Linwood voters to approve the bond issue, which will cost between $25 and $30 million.

The funds would pay for the construction of a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and renovation of Basehor, Linwood and Glenwood Ridge elementary schools.

At the Sept. 30 meeting, the school board will announce a cost estimate for the bond issue, election date and where the new middle school will be located.

"The purpose of the meeting is to let the public know this is what we're talking about," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. "This is what we want to do."

Putting an estimated price tag on the bond issue will be important for the public to know before voting.

"We clearly recognize there is a number out there that's too high for the community and a number that's too low to meet our needs," Cormack said.

It's also important for voters to know where the new middle school will be located and that should be announced during the public meeting, he said.

The school district has been in land-purchase negotiations for the middle school, which will require at least a 40-acre tract, school officials said.

During a meeting Monday, Sept. 16, the school board viewed schematic drawings for the new middle school and elementary renovation projects.

The plan submitted by architects for the new BLMS included:

New classrooms for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

A wing for elective classrooms.

Two gymnasiums.

A 125-stall parking lot.

The Basehor Elementary School plan included:

Minor remodeling to pre-school, kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms.

New construction for band, strings and vocal classrooms.

Major remodeling for art, psychology, speech and occupational/physical therapy classrooms.

The Glenwood Ridge Elementary School plan included:

New construction for kindergarten, second, third and fourth-grade classrooms.

The addition of a 133-stall parking lot.

The Linwood Elementary School plan included:

New construction for the building's entrance.

Major remodeling to kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth-grade classrooms.

Minor remodeling to the music, art and second-grade classrooms and gymnasium.

The plans viewed by the school board Monday night were not voted on. School board members asked architects to make minor changes to the plans.

The school board could approve final design plans during a meeting Monday, Sept. 23, school officials said.

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