School board discusses health, wellness center
The wheels are in motion for the Basehor-Linwood health and wellness center, and another step has been cleared.
Monday night, the Basehor-Linwood School Board unanimously approved having the land for the center platted through Level Four Engineering at a cost of about $4,500. The city of Basehor requested the district have the land, which is next to Basehor-Linwood High School on 155th Street, platted in lieu of the city’s decision to waive a transportation excise fee of more than $200,000 on the project.
Superintendent David Howard and several board members agreed they wanted the district to maintain a positive relationship with the city, and fulfilling this request would contribute to such a relationship.
“It’s something to maybe show good faith on our part,” Howard said.
Board member Doug Bittel asked about the status of the Glenwood Estates sewer lagoon decommissioning project, saying if the school district decided to plat the land, the city should do its part to make sure the new middle school would have a sewer system in place in August.
“If we’re showing good faith, are they going to move forward on that?” Bittel asked during the meeting.
Howard said he believed the city had already showed its good faith by waiving the excise fee and considering waiving additional permit fees.
“They waived that portion, which they should because we’re another taxing entity … but there are some council members who think that’s enough,” Howard said. “I’d like to continue to have a good relationship with the city.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the district $849,038 for construction of a tornado safe room in the facility, on which construction has already begun. The facility will be built in compliance with FEMA guidelines.
The district’s new elementary and middle schools will have storm shelters, and the district presented the idea of the health and wellness center shelter to give high school students and staff a safe area. Howard began the process of applying for the grant last fall, which included writing a hazard mitigation plan for the school district.
The center itself will be used for strength and conditioning classes, physical education classes and athletic department activities and functions.
“I believe this will be a dual asset to the district,” Howard said at an earlier meeting. “It will not only serve as a fitness facility but also as a safe area for all our high school students and staff.”
The grant covers 75 percent of the projected costs to build the health and wellness center.
District construction supervisor Chris Claflin said Straub Construction had thus far been doing quality work on the center, and it would be ready in August.
Also on Monday night, the board:
• Heard a preliminary report from Sandra Guidry on the district’s state assessment scores. Guidry said the scores had been outstanding, and each building looked like it would make academic yearly progress.
• Heard a proposal to upgrade the Trane system in the district to centralize its Ethernet connections.
• Discussed using PCI cleaning services at the new middle school. The company’s services have been used successfully at the new elementary school for the last five months.
• Tabled a presentation from the district’s strategic planning committee until the board’s June 14 meeting.
• Heard a construction report from Claflin, who said ground work should be finished on the new high school football field in six weeks, after which turf will be put down and construction on the new track will begin. He said a lot was left to do on the new middle school, but it would be ready in time for the 2010-2011 school year.
• Approved, 7-0, the 2010-2011 student handbook.
• Approved, 7-0, student fees for the 2010-2011 school year.
• Approved, 7-0, to have the district’s budget republished.