Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2005

School advisory council to consider construction proposals

Early returns indicate members favor $20 million plan

February 24, 2005

Of three proposals under the most serious consideration for future school construction, a $20.3 million plan has been deemed by the majority of Basehor-Linwood district advisory council members as the most appropriate for the community.

School district officials said five of seven advisory council teams selected the plan, the bulk of which would go toward building a new Kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school, during the group's meeting in January. At the group's next meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at Linwood Elementary School, the advisory council will attempt to build a unanimous consensus on a possible bond issue plan.

"I would like to see if we could reach a consensus on one plan that would be acceptable toward the entire community," said Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. "We also need to keep in mind what's best for the students from an educational standpoint and what will be acceptable to our entire community."

The $20.3 million plan would allocate approximately $6.5 million toward the construction and land costs for a new elementary school at an undetermined location. The plan would also fund roughly $1 million of new construction and remodeling at Basehor Elementary School, $1.8 million in new construction and minor remodeling at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and approximately $8 million for new construction, remodeling and athletic facilities at the current combination middle/elementary school facility in Linwood.

With the favored plan, the Linwood facility would become a sixth-through-eighth-grades-only facility.

Hackett said the plan would allow the district to grow by 1,500 students over the next 10 to 15 years.

The other plans, while receiving less support, are still viable options for the school district should advisory council members lean that way, the superintendent said.

Those plans include:

  • $23 million that would fund new construction and remodeling work at Basehor Elementary School (approximately $1 million) and at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School (approximately $1.8 million).

The proposal would also pay for a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School at a cost of $17 million.

  • $32 million that would pay for new construction and remodeling work at Basehor Elementary School (approximately $1 million), Glenwood Ridge Elementary School ($1.8 million) and Linwood Elementary School (approximately $1. 2 million).

The plan would also fund a new Kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school, $6.5 million, and a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School, $16.8 million.

Another option the advisory council will discuss Monday night is adding $3 to $4 million for athletic facilities, possibly located on approximately 15 acres of vacant land behind Basehor-Linwood High School.

Hackett said council members will discuss a variety of options concerning athletic facilities Monday night.

Many questions still surround the proposals and whether they will materialize into a future bond issue proposal.

Hackett said she envisions a proposal going before voters, but a definitive timeline, and what the proposal would look like, hasn't been decided yet.

And, the superintendent said, there are no restrictions mandating that a bond issue be chosen from the three proposals under consideration.

Any and all ideas are on the table, Hackett said.

"It's my anticipation that a bond issue will be proposed in the near future, but we're going to work with the district advisory council, the administrative team, for an appropriate timeline," she said.

"These are just three possible scenarios. We have a lot of work left to do but this gets us started."

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