Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

School board plans bond issue action

December 9, 2004

The Lansing School Board's goal of placing on the April ballot a bond issue for construction of a new elementary school should take a giant step toward fruition Monday.

"At the December 13th meeting, that's when it really starts to happen," said Superintendent Randal Bagby.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the choir room at Lansing Middle School.

Topping the agenda is the board's discussion of a resolution that would set the terms of a bond referendum - listing how much the project would cost voters and delineating what type of project the board envisions.

"We're in the meat of it right now," said Shelly Gowdy, board president. She said the board would begin to "fill in the blanks" on the resolution at Monday's meeting.

At a special meeting Nov. 22, the board's architectural firm, Wilson & Co., outlined its ideas and showed floor plans for the new school, which would be for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. With construction of an auditorium at Lansing High School, the combined estimated cost was around $23 million, around $3 million more than originally planned.

Gowdy said she hoped the board would be able to vote on the resolution Monday night but if it didn't happen, the board would either vote at its regularly scheduled January meeting or in a special meeting before then.

"There are still things that we need to discuss, but if we can come to a consensus at the meeting I suspect that we will vote on the resolution," Gowdy said. "We're just now at the point where we're trying to narrow the thing down and get a grasp on the whole idea and make sure it's something that can be affordable for the community. : We want to build a building that's going to be able to sustain us for 15-20 years. That's being responsible with taxpayer money."

She said passage of the resolution would start the ball rolling toward forming a bond election committee and filing the necessary paperwork with the state to ensure the April 5 election.

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