Eudora A sufficient water supply exists to serve a new high school south of Eudora without affecting the cost of construction, school board members were told Thursday during a presentation by a Lawrence engineer.
Roger Schenewerk, a landscape architect with LandPlan Engineering, said the firm has worked with the school board on various issues, including site evaluation for the proposed high school.
Eudora school district voters at the Nov. 3 election will face a $6 million bond issue to finance construction of a new high school on a 46-acre district-owned site about a half-mile south of Kansas Highway 10 on Douglas County Road 1061. If the proposal passes, the school board will choose whether to tap into Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4 or seek annexation into the city of Eudora to supply the school with water.
"WE ASKED the rural water district to evaluate its water capacity to ensure they can serve a new high school for daily water use and fire protection," Schenewerk said. "The rural water district can provide and will be able to provide water in a timely fashion to a new high school if the bond issue should pass."
He said the water district plans to make a number of major additions, including a new water tower and increased pipe sizes to serve existing customers. If the board chose to use the rural water supply, the water district would require additional changes, but the cost wouldn't affect taxpayers through the school bond issue, Schenewerk said.
THE COST of supplying the new school with water would be covered by the school district's general operating fund, which includes an allocation for increased utility costs.
School board members took no action regarding the water supply. "No decision has to be made or will be made until after the bond election," he said. "We're just looking at the options and staying informed."