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KU PLANS TO LEASE HALL TO HASKELL

March 4, 1992

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Kansas University and Haskell Indian Junior College officials have all but received final approval for a lease agreement that would allow about 400 Haskell students to live in a KU residence hall in the fall.

Haskell plans to extensively renovate two student housing buildings, Osceola-Keokuk and Winona halls, on its campus this summer, displacing students. The plan would place about 400 male and female Haskell students in KU's Joseph R. Pearson residence hall for the 1992-93 academic year.

The JRP resident staff and hall employees were notified of the plans at a meeting Tuesday, said Ken Stoner, director of student housing.

The arrangement is expected to be approved within a month by the Albuquerque, N.M., regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, KU and Haskell officials said.

THROUGH the housing arrangement, Haskell would lease JRP for a yet-to-be determined cost from KU.

Because Haskell is a federally operated institution, the federal government essentially would be leasing JRP from the state.

Stoner said negotiations between federal and state officials to determine the cost of the lease agreement are expected to be completed within a month.

He declined to speculate on the possible cost of the plan.

"There are a lot of details that need to be worked out, but we're optimistic that this agreement will be completed," he said.

Under the agreement, Haskell would lease JRP for the 1992-93 academic year, with an option to lease the residence hall for another year, if necessary.

RESIDENTS who normally would be staying in JRP would stay in other KU housing units, Stoner said. This year's occupancy rate in KU residence halls indicates KU can accommodate its own students without using JRP next year.

Stoner said some KU students who specifically request JRP may be disappointed because they will not be able to stay there.

However, he said, alternative student housing would be available to all KU students, including current JRP residents.

"We told the students we'd keep them together as roommates and small groups," he said.

Stoner said he has not received feedback about the plan from JRP residents.

Hannes Combest, educational assistant to the Haskell president, also said she was optimistic that the arrangement could be completed.

COMBEST said Haskell and KU officials have been discussing since last summer the possibility of Haskell students using a KU residence hall.

She said that as part of the final negotiations, Haskell and federal officials would determine a way to transport the Haskell students from JRP to the Haskell campus.

"Transportation will be provided for our students," she said. "We're looking at several different alternatives," she said, including using the local bus service, or leasing a bus exclusively for Haskell's use.

The KU staff currently working in JRP would be reassigned to other residence halls and staff from Haskell could work in JRP while Haskell students are staying there, if the arrangement is completed, Stoner said.

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