Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Lawrence School Board

Board to consider benefit district

July 29, 2001


Bottom Line

The board will be asked to approve participation in a benefit district to finance the design and construction of Wakarusa Drive north of Overland Drive near Free State High School.

The board will ask the city to waive the 25 percent "up front fee," which would allow the district to finance 100 percent of its cost of Wakarusa Drive.

The cost to the district is estimated at $226,302, spread over 10 years, with the first year's payment (approximately $34,000) due in 2004. The estimated total cost of the project is $1.6 million.


The school district owns property that borders the proposed Wakarusa Drive. Several activity fields for Free State High School exist on that property.

Extending Wakarusa Drive north of West Sixth Street is part of the city's long-term transportation plan. City officials envision Wakarusa as a main artery, connecting Lawrence to the Farmer's Turnpike north of Interstate 70.

This plan was in place when the district purchased the land.

Benefit districts have been used to finance the design and construction of street improvements on most recent school projects.

Adjacent property owners will pay for the equivalent of a 31-foot wide street, each side paying for one half of the street, based on their street frontage. The city development policy mandates that the city pays for street costs in excess of 31-feet wide.

Other business


Receive comments from Board President Sue Morgan, Supt. Randy Weseman and the school board.

Consider approving for publication the draft of the 2001-2002 budget. The anticipated mill levy increase is 3.654 mills. One of the legislative changes affecting the budget this year is a $50 increase on base per pupil.

Consider approval of classified employee suspension policy.

Consider proposal to dedicate the professional library at Quail Run Elementary School to former principal Linda Herbel. Herbel was principal at the school from 1988 through 2000.

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