Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

New school discussion to resume next year

District advisory council reviews 12 construction scenarios

December 2, 2004

It'll be a new year before the District Advisory Council -- a patron board commissioned by educators in the Basehor-Linwood School District -- will begin giving feedback on 12 possible new school scenarios.

The advisory council met Tuesday night at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School to review the school possibilities with school district administrators and architects from Horst, Karst and Terrill Architects, the district's design firm.

Because time was limited, the advisory council didn't have an opportunity to discuss the scenarios. Talks regarding the construction what-if's are expected to begin during the next DAC meeting in January.

No decisions were made during the Tuesday meeting, but a booklet and handouts containing important information regarding school district growth, research and possibilities for expansion was distributed to advisory council members.

"We're not trying to buy the whole restaurant," said Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. "We're going to pick through the menu."

That menu included a host of possibilities for new school construction that ran anywhere from making renovations or additions to existing schools to building entirely new ones altogether.

Other tidbits of information released Tuesday night included:

  • The school district owns approximately 36 acres of ground spread between Glenwood Ridge, Basehor-Linwood High School and the combination elementary/middle school facility in Linwood.
  • Basehor Elementary School has the least amount of room for expansion, roughly 10 percent or 42 more students, and is considered the top priority for renovations or a new school.

The least pressing among the schools is the high school, which has room for an additional 400-some students.

  • As of Sept. 20, the school district's enrollment is 1,712 students. The figure does not include students taking courses through the Basehor-Linwood Charter School.
  • There are 2,930 homes that have been approved for construction in the school district and the potential for another 950, according to research.

Using a .43 students per household formula, the district could see at least 1,668 students in coming years.

School officials said the meeting was for informational purposes and to help build "consensus" as to which direction the district should best proceed in dealing with growth.

Discussions are expected during the next advisory council meeting, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 31 at Basehor Elementary School.

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