Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

District moving its offices

Superintendent, staff take up residence in Lansing Elementary

September 13, 2007

As the completion date for the construction of the new Lansing Elementary School nears the six-month mark, Superintendent Randal Bagby said his involvement with the project has reached a critical point.

In the monthly school board meeting Monday night, Bagby announced the USD 469 office would be moving to the construction project office at 401 S. Second St., to be nearer to the supplies and people that would soon be the focus of much of his time.

He told board members during his announcement he was seeking their blessing for the move and explained his reasoning behind the decision.

He said he currently was making multiple trips each day to the construction office, which is located in the back part of the current elementary school, and that those trips would only increase in the next few months. In the final stage of construction, Bagby said he would be extremely involved in making decisions that affect parts of the new school that would be visible to the community and therefore needed to be in a more convenient location to do so.

While Bagby has already moved his office to the new location, he said his secretary and the school board's clerk and treasurer would join him at the location in the next 30 days to ensure that other business besides the construction was still handled efficiently.

All phone calls have been set up to transfer to the new office, so Bagby said there should be no concern among the community about having trouble contacting the district.

Remaining in the old location at 613 Holiday Plaza will be Donna Hughes, the assistant superintendent, and her secretary and receptionist. They will later join the other district staff at the new location once the school year ends.

Bagby said there were other benefits in the timing of the move, as well. He said a couple years ago the district announced that the current district office was for sale. By moving the office before the building is sold, Bagby said, the transition would be smoother and done on the district's own terms.

The new location at 401 S. Second St. may not be permanent, however. Bagby said the ultimate goal of the school board was have a space that contained an office connected to a permanent board meeting room instead of the current meeting location in the middle school music room. No decisions have been made as to when that may occur he said.

In other business Monday, the board:

¢ Approved (6-0) site council memberships for all four Lansing schools

¢ Approved (6-0) the Kansas Association of School Boards' recommendations for policy revisions and updates.

¢ Appointed (6-0) Rich Hauver as the voting delegate for Lansing schools at this year's Kansas Association of School Boards conference.

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