Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2004

Board cautious on plans

October 21, 2004

If it seems like Basehor-Linwood School District officials are being cautious with planning before bringing any plans for new school construction to the public, there is a simple reason -- they are.

School district officials and school board members met again Oct. 11 to discuss possible new school scenarios. The work session was the latest meeting in a series of talks expected to occur this year regarding new construction.

"There is no plan to do any of these things right now," said Don Swartz, school district director of building operations, "and no rush to say in three months we're going to have a bond election."

Monday night the school district eliminated five of 17 scenarios submitted by the school district's architecture firm, Horst, Karst and Terrill Architects, for consideration of new school plans. The remaining new school possibilities include such possibilities as classroom additions to Basehor and Glenwood Ridge elementary school, remodeling of a combination Linwood complex into either an elementary or middle school only facility and building a new elementary and middle school.

At the low end of preliminary price estimates are the classroom additions to the elementary school -- between $1.5 and $1.8 million. The more weighty costs, ranging between $6.8 and $20.8 million , respectively, were the high end costs.

School officials reiterated Monday night they are still in the preliminary stages of planning and that figures introduced during the work session shouldn't be given much weight.

"Within all of those there is so much that could happen that would make the costs vary," Swartz said

Swartz said the school board will again review the remaining possibilities and that the list could be whittled further before bringing the options before the District Advisory Council, a group of school district patrons that meets periodically to advise the school district onissues.

From there, the advisory council will weigh in on possible scenarios to recommend to the school district "which ones are most likely to solve our problems, which ones are affordable and which ones the voters would support," Swartz said.

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