Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Bridge part of city-school agenda

September 8, 2005

Lansing School Board and City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for a regular checkup.

The board and city council meet together annually in September, City Administrator Mike Smith said.

At the top of the agenda for the board and city council will be discussion about extending Bittersweet Road to West Mary Street. If the road is extended, it will run past Lansing Middle School and the new elementary school that will be built with part of the school district's $23.6 million bond issue.

"We need a bridge and a road," schools superintendent Randal Bagby said.

He said the conversation Monday likely would focus on how to fund the project. Smith said rough estimates placed the cost of building the bridge and road at more than $1 million.

"Bridges are expensive," he said.

Other items on the agenda include a discussion about sharing resources such as fields or an aquatic center at Lansing Community Park and an update on the construction schedule for the new elementary school.

The board and council also will discuss how to receive visitors from China who will be coming to Lansing in October as part of the cultural exchange program Lansing High School is preparing to start. Bagby said he would discuss how the city can be involved in tours and meeting with the visitors; Smith said the initial plan was to present a new Lansing flag to the guests.

Bagby and Smith said discussion may come up about sharing space at the current Lansing Elementary and Intermediate schools and Sallie Zoll building that will be vacated when the new elementary school is built, but Smith said the issue would probably be put to rest Monday.

"I've been given no indication that any buildings will be available," Smith said.

Bagby added: "We've had that discussion before and nothing really materialized from it."

The joint board-council meeting will immediately precede the school board's regular meeting.

Bagby said Wednesday the agenda for the regular meeting wasn't finalized, but he said he hoped architects from Wilson and Company, Engineers and Architects, and the construction manager from JE Dunn Construction would give a presentation on their progress on the new elementary school building and high school auditorium.

In addition, Bagby said he had a few facility repair issues to discuss with the board. He also said he hoped to have preliminary enrollment numbers to share.

The two meetings will be in the Lansing Middle School choir room.

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