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Schools list 5-year plan for upgrade

December 2, 2001

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The Lawrence district's new five-year plan for upgrading school facilities has something for everyone at all price levels.

Lawrence High School is in line for a $1,000 building map for the benefit of directionally challenged visitors.

At Kennedy School, they want $80,000 in new carpeting.

Athletes at Central Junior High School are looking forward to air conditioning in the gyms for $200,000.

And, at Lawrence Alternative High School, $3 million has been penciled in to replace the entire facility.

Tom Bracciano, director of facilities and operations, will deliver to the Lawrence school board Monday this year's list of $928,000 in building upgrades plus $28 million in other improvements in the plan.

"This is what our intent is at this time," Bracciano said of the plan.

Supt. Randy Weseman said he expects the blueprint for improvements at the district's 27 campuses and three service facilities to evolve.

In fact, he said, the document could dramatically change pending a comprehensive facilities review in 2002. That study will result in the setting of facilities benchmarks for Lawrence schools everything from library size to locker location. Schools will be measured against those standards and necessary renovations and construction combined in a multimillion-dollar bond issue.

"The program has to dictate the facilities we're going to have," the superintendent said.

Principals submitted each school's wish list. Based on available funding, projects were ranked in priority order for the five-year period.

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