Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Breaking ground doesn’t end work

September 28, 2006

Lansing school officials broke ground last week on the new Lansing Elementary School and the new Lansing High School auditorium.

It was a ceremony a long time in the making, and one that we hope will be remembered for the promises it fulfills.

Voters in April 2005 gave overwhelming approval to the $23.6 million bond projects. The final tally was 1,742 patrons in favor to 1,361 opposed. A steering committee of patrons, along with school board members and district employees worked throughout the campaign to win voter approval.

Little did anyone know at the time, though, that work on the projects wouldn't take place until some 17 months later.

Rather than dwell on that fact, though, we look to the future along with those who attended the groundbreaking.

As School Board president Shelly Gowdy said, ": in the end, this is gonna be a fantastic addition for our community and for our kids."

With the planning stages behind them, board members' work isn't finished. There will be months of construction, change orders, decisions to be made.

Board members and district administrators owe it to district taxpayers to see that tax money is being spent wisely and that the buildings are of top quality.

A decision was made early in the process to forego an outside construction manager for the projects; more recently, the district turned to longtime employee Dale Bohannon to oversee much of the onsite work.

We trust Bohannon, the administration and the board will be up to the task. If they are, we'll all enjoy "a fantastic addition for our community and for our kids."

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