Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

Planning progresses on school projects

June 15, 2006

A representative of Wilson and Co., Engineers and Architects, delivered preliminary drawings of school bond projects to the hands of Lansing School Board members this week, signaling the approach of the next phase for the projects.

Jon Plumer, a chief architect with Wilson and Co., told the board Monday that final drawings of the new elementary school were 90 to 95 percent complete and "within two to three weeks of being finished."

And while he also acknowledged that completion of the final drawings for the new auditorium at Lansing High School were lagging a bit behind schedule, he assured the board it would not effect the date of completion.

"(It is) still well within the realm of being completed on time," he said. "So that shouldn't be a problem."

Voters approved the $23.6 million bond projects - construction of a K-5 elementary school and high school auditorium - in April 2005. Bond supporters and board members originally expected the projects to be finished by August 2007, but now anticipate completion in January 2008.

The projects are on the cusp of entering the bidding phase, Plumer said to the board, and that preliminary response had been positive.

"Things are going well for us," he said. "We're already getting a good list of people who are interested in the project."

BUS ROUTES

Board members also approved a proposal from Scott Bruegge and Judy Bettis of Durham School Services bus company that would add routes for the 2006-2007 school year. The routes include students who live outside of a one-mile radius of the schools, but the plan also provides transportation for students

See District, page 5A

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