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Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 1990

EUDORA SEEKS BIDS TO RAZE SCHOOL

July 25, 1990

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— Eudora school officials have decided to seek bids to raze the old Eudora High School and should have a list of bids to consider at Monday's school board meeting.

Board members on Monday also will learn how much a pending bond issue to build a new school will cost patrons.

Supt. Dan Bloom said this morning that he and the Eudora school board have instructed the architect to solicit bids for tearing down the 72-year-old building and to have the bids ready for board action Monday.

The question of whether to put the project out for bid delayed the board's attempts to raze the old building because of confusion about the state's bidding law.

According to representatives of PKG Design Group and Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, the district's architecture and engineering firms, the board could declare a state of emergency and bypass the state's requirements that all public projects estimated to cost more than $10,000 be put out to bid. Board members and the board attorney, however, wanted to get more explanation of the law.

BOARD MEMBERS decided to solicit bids for the project to make sure they are within their legal limits.

"We think this is the best, safest and most responsible way to do it," Bloom said of the decision.

Bloom said PKG had contacted and arranged for four contractors to inspect the building Thursday. The contractors are to submit their bids to PKG on Friday and the bids are to be presented to the school board Monday.

The board is expected to approve one of the bids Monday evening and to award a contract shortly after. Work will get under way as quickly as possible once the contract is signed.

Dean McFarland, vice president of Ranson Co., a Wichita-based investment banking firm acting as the district's bond company, also will be at Monday's meeting to tell board members how much a bond issue to pay for a new high school will cost patrons.

The school board is putting together a bond issue that will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot asking patrons to approve the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance construction of a new high school. The new school would be built on district land one-half mile south of Kansas Highway 10 on the west side of Douglas County Road 1061.

THURSDAY morning, workers are to start packing up and moving all items to be salvaged from the condemned school. The movers, from Capital City Moving and Storage from Topeka, have been hired by the district to remove all items district officials want to save from the school.

The state fire marshal earlier this month declared the building unsafe for occupancy because of structural deficiencies uncovered by two independent structural architects. The architects, one from Topeka, the other from Salina, were contacted when the principal of the school noticed that a wall in a lower-floor restroom had shifted, causing a brick to pop out of the wall.

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