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Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Lawrence board briefs on coin flip, spending cap, boundary

September 11, 2001

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The sale of 8,800 reams of white copy paper to the Lawrence school district was decided by a coin toss.

Two vendors, Bottom Dollar Office Supply and Xpedx Paper Co., both bid $1.89 per ream, or $16,632. To settle the tie on the low bid, both firms agreed to the toss.

Xpedx, of Olathe, got lucky and was awarded the contract Monday by the school board.

"We have sophisticated tie-breakers, don't we?" joked Sue Morgan, board president.

Board gives tentative

approval to policy

The Lawrence school board Monday gave first-round approval to a policy expanding the superintendent's purchasing power.

On a 5-1 vote, the board took the first step toward increasing to $10,000 from $6,000 the cap for purchases made by a superintendent without prior board approval.

Board member Jack Davidson said he opposed to the policy shift. "I'd go lower to $5,000," he said.

The $6,000 cap has been in place for about 25 years in the district, but state law sets the maximum at $10,000.

District to revitalize

boundary committee

Initial steps were taken Monday to bring life to the Lawrence school board's boundary committee.

The group will likely convene in early October to study hypothetical situations involving school consolidation, construction or renovation.

Sue Morgan, board president, said the committee would be given specific scenarios to contemplate. Members will take into account the student capacity of schools, she said.

The group also must examine options based on potential cost, said board member Mary Loveland. For example, shifting boundaries can increase bus transportation fees.

"There are serious costs to the general fund," she said.

Committee recommendations will become part of the district's facilities study, which gets under way in October.

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