Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2004

School Board to review new school drawings

August 26, 2004

During a meeting scheduled for next week, designers hired by Basehor-Linwood School District officials will present conceptual drawings outlining either new construction or renovation for four schools.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, architects from the school district's design firm, Horst, Terrill and Karst of Topeka, will present to school board members preliminary plans for a four-classroom addition to Basehor Elementary School, eight new classrooms at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, a new elementary school and either a new or refurbished Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

Firm associates will also present ballpark costs associated with the construction outlined at each school, school officials said.

Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Jill Hackett said the school board will be presented with the drawings with a firm understanding that "all of these could be considered or none of them could be considered." The conceptual drawings are being presented so school board members, administrators and other officials can "gather ideas and share feedback."

Hackett said the Monday night meeting isn't the beginning step in proposing another school bond issue. The school district isn't yet sold on if or when another bond issue will be proposed to voters.

"I personally don't feel a rush to run a bond out to the community," Hackett said. "I don't want to rush into anything. I think we'll know when the time is right."

"We're not going to press into any quick decision. I don't think that's necessary."

To alleviate overcrowding, school district officials proposed two separate $29.9 million bond issues, which would have funded a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and renovations to several elementary schools. Voters rejected both bond issues, the second by a wider margin than the first.

School district officials reported a 25-student increase district wide last year. Although final enrollment numbers for 2004 do not become official until the 20th day of classes, school officials said they project roughly the same increase to the student population this year.

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