Oskaloosa — A committee created to study options for Oskaloosa school district's rapidly increasing enrollment recommended buying a lot adjacent to the existing school.
In its first recommendation to the school board, the facilities committee suggested that the board pursue purchasing a lot just south of the campus.
Committee chair Philip Perry said the group thought the community wanted schools to remain in one area.
"The general consensus was ... to acquire any land that was available adjacent to the existing facility was a direction that those at the public forum had wanted us to go," said committee member Eric Bowser.
The proposed addition was not the only place to expand present facilities or build a new school, he said, but it could be held for future needs.
The board also approved a $10,000-per-year, 10-year maintenance contract with Honeywell for classroom ventilation and efficient utility usage.
Members also tabled approval of a drug-testing policy for bus drivers until superintendent James White can receive feedback from the Kansas Association of School Boards.
An additional in-service day also was approved to allow teaching staff and administrators to make presentations to the state accreditation committee in April.