Archive for Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Board members mull new-school options

Superintendent provides cost estimates for middle schools, elementary school

January 10, 2007

The numbers are in.

After Basehor-Linwood school Superintendent Robert Albers revealed last month that a new high school in the district would cost an estimated $35 million, board members asked for a few options -- including the price tag for a new middle school.

Albers worked with Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects to come up with more cost estimates.

And at Monday's school board meeting, he said a new middle school -- serving grades seven and eight --would cost about $23.5 million. A new school for grades five through eight would cost $31 million and a new elementary school would cost about $10.5 million.

"The board needs to decide which is the best avenue for our district to take," Albers said.

The superintendent also said board president Randy Cunningham had proposed a work session for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 to discuss the district's options regarding a future bond issue. Enrollment projections, how they will affect the district and how to get patrons involved in the bond issue decision will all be covered at the work session.

"We will also look at having a study committee with representatives from different constituencies and different areas," Albers said.

Five people would represent each of the three areas of the district -- north, middle and south -- on the committee. The north area's southern boundary is Parallel Road. The middle area is south of Parallel extending to the Sherman Township boundary line (Kansas Highway 32 and Hemphill Road). The south area is south of the Sherman Township boundary line extending to the Kansas River.

A parent with children in the district, a member of the business community, a member of the senior citizen community, a member of the education community, such as a teacher or administrator and a board of education member, would be chosen for each area.

Albers said this method of forming a committee has worked well in his experiences.

"By having all constituencies represented, you wouldn't be leaving anyone out of this discussion," he said.

Board members are to report to the work session on Jan. 29 with committee member recommendations. Those recommended for the committee will be contacted to find out their willingness to participate.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Accepted, 6-0, a retirement letter from Vickie McEnroe, principal of Linwood Elementary School, effective Aug. 1.
  • Approved, 6-0, the Board of Education policy chapter C for final reading and chapter D for first reading.
  • Approved, 6-0, the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation agreement.
  • Approved, 6-0, name changes for four family and consumer science classes.
  • Approved, 6-0, the Basehor-Linwood High School course guide for 2007-2008.
  • Approved, 6-0, a bid for $30,624 from Apple Computer Inc. for Basehor-Linwood High School business computers.
  • Met in executive session for 30 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel matters and acquisition of real estate.

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