Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

School bond plan moving forward

November 11, 2004

Lansing School Board members are moving forward with plans for a school bond issue that likely will be put before district voters in the spring.

Board members on Monday approved an architect and financial adviser to help guide the project.

The board agreed to hire, as recommended by Superinten-dent Randal Bagby, Wilson & Company Inc. of Lenexa as architects and Piper Jaffray & Co., which has offices in Leawood and Lawrence, as financial advisers. They will work on a proposal that would create a new school for kindergarten through fifth-grade classes.

On Monday, Bagby also presented a draft of a bond resolution, which the board would have to officially approve before the bond question could be put to voters.

The document served as an example of what the eventual resolution might look like and included three major areas of funding. Cost estimates are not yet completed.

The first two items are building and equipping a new K-5 school facility and building and equipping a new auditorium. The third item is building a bridge on Bittersweet Road to ease access between a new K-5 building and the existing middle school.

"We must decide what's the prudent thing to do financially and educationally," said Shelly Gowdy, school board president.

Bagby also included a proposed calendar of steps related to a bond issue. Target dates are Dec. 13 for the board to vote on a bond resolution, April 5, 2005, for a bond election and May 9, 2005, as the date for a bond sale.

The board agreed Monday to conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Lansing Middle School choir room to discuss a bond resolution, review drawings of proposed ideas and discuss project cost estimates.

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