Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2006

District setting sights on new school building

New high school a possibility for next bond issue, officials say

November 15, 2006

The Basehor-Linwood school district is one step closer to asking voters to approve a new bond issue -- this time for a new high school.

On Monday, the school board approved, 5-0, a contract with Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects to serve as the district's architectural consultant. The contract must be approved by the board's attorney before it goes into effect.

Mark Franzen with HTK said his firm has been working with the district for 12 to 15 years.

"There is a strong sentiment to look at a future high school and look at the current high school as a middle school component," Franzen told board members.

According to Superintendent Bob Albers, the architects' contract is basically mirrors one used for the last bond proposal. The document outlines what the architects' duties are and what services they will provide the district.

Among duties listed in the contact, HTK will provide conceptual drawings of a new school and make five presentations to the public. The district will pay the firm $17,630.

"The money (for consulting fees) that we're looking at is considerably less than the last bond proposal," Albers said.

The consulting fees on last November's unsuccessful bond issue were $47,490. That bond issue request -- for $22.9 million -- would have provided funds for a new elementary school, along with renovations to all of the district's school buildings.

The difference in fees, Albers said, is because the scope has changed.

Demographics and population studies are still current and do not need to be redone. And the last bond proposal encompassed several buildings, while the current bond focuses on only one site.

Albers said the next step for the board is to meet with the architect and discuss the parameters involved with a new high school. At that point, they could decide what needs to go in the building. HTK then will draw rough plans and provide a cost estimate for the actual construction.

"We will probably have this on the agenda every month until we decide to have a bond election or not," Albers said.

In other action Monday night, the school board approved, on 5-0 votes, with president Randy Cunningham absent:

  • Several board policy changes.
  • A beverage marketing agreement with PEPSIAMERICAS. In exchange for the five-year agreement, PEPSIAMERICAS will provide the district with $8,000 in marketing support for the first year and $5,000 for years two through five. They will also donate 50 cases of products each year. The board decided to use the money to upgrade the marquee on the sign in front of Basehor-Linwood High School to digital.
  • The resignation of Steve Brantley, buildings and grounds maintenance; and the appointments of Leroy Scharnhorst, Science Olympiad sponsor, Ryan Hefley, BLHS wrestling assistant coach, Tisha Johnson, Linwood Elementary and Basehor-Linwood Middle School reading aide, Dana Schwisow, BLHS girl's basketball assistant coach, Patricia Sambol, BLHS library aid, and David Svoboda, National Honor Society sponsor.

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