Archive for Wednesday, September 25, 2002

School District set sights on $29 million

September 25, 2002

Last week, the total cost for a proposed bond issue in the Basehor-Linwood School District approached $35 million.

However, school officials and architects trimmed that cost and now have a figure ready to take before a public vote.

During a work session Monday, Sept. 23, the Basehor-Linwood School Board decided to ask the public for approximately $29.9 million for new school construction.

"We're trying to get this down to the bare minimum," said Mark Franzen, of Horst, Terrill Karst architects, the firm handling design plans for the bond issue.

"We took what we thought was a responsible number," he added.

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

According to the latest estimates, the cost for each school will be:

$21 million for the new Basehor-Linwood Middle School

$2 million for eight classroom additions at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School

$2 million for four classroom additions at Basehor Elementary School

$3.5 million for renovations at Linwood Elementary School

The $29 million price tag was reached after architects and schools officials reduced amenities at the pro

posed new middle school and Glenwood Ridge elementary school.

Reductions at BLMS include:

Reducing proposed building size from 155,110 square feet to 146,080 square feet.

Eliminating proposed baseball fields and practice football and soccer fields.

Eliminating proposed activity parking and parking lots.

Eliminating three proposed scoreboards.

Glenwood Ridge reductions include:

Cutting back the proposed parking lot from 133 stall to 82 stalls.

"Those are pretty painless cuts," Franzen said.

The reductions will not be a part of the bond issue, but some will be added as capital improvement projects over time, school officials said.

The reductions are among other cuts school officials were able to find when reviewing design plans and cost estimates.

School Board members said it was important to get the bond issue price below $30 million.

"If we get it below $30 million, I think it looks better," board member Danny Dearinger said. "I think it looks like we've been doing our homework."

An election date for the bond issue has not been set, but school officials said it would most likely be scheduled for January 2003.

Final bond issue details, including where the new middle school would be located, will be released during the School Board's next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

Franzen said he hopes the public supports the new construction.

"This is going to be great and I hope the community comes out and supports it," he said. "Hopefully, people will want to raise the bar here in Basehor-

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