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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Lawrence school board

Board to consider double-classroom trailer purchase

January 27, 2002

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Bottom Line

The board will be asked to replace two single-classroom trailers at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive, with a double-classroom trailer that sells for $45,000.

Tom Bracciano, the district's facilities director, recommends the board authorize the purchase and allocate $4,100 to build entrance ramps. He said the purchase made better financial sense than leasing a double-classroom trailer or buying a single-classroom trailer.

He said a unit sold by Resun Leasing Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., could replace Hillcrest's single trailer gutted by fire Dec. 25 and another single that's been at the school more than a quarter century.

Background

The board can pay for a portion of a new trailer with $30,000 due the district from its insurance company for the burned trailer.

The proposal to buy a portable comes during a district facilities study that includes an evaluation of whether the board can do away with dozens of trailers used for classes at crowded schools.

Board member Jack Davidson is a vocal critic of the district's reliance on portables. He questions academic, financial, security and safety aspects of the trailers.

"The board should say in a straightforward way: 'Our plan, in the long-term, is to get rid of these.'"

Other business

Agenda:

Receive comment from Sue Morgan, board president; Randy Weseman, superintendent; and board members.

Report from staff with DLR Group, an Overland Park consulting firm, on the company's progress on development of a facilities master plan for the district. DLR staff have been surveying buildings in the district to determine the condition of each.

Receive a report from Marlene Merrill, the district's director of assessment, about reading, writing, math, science and social studies tests taken by students.

Consider a $49,100 contract with Resun Leasing Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., to place a large portable classroom at Hillcrest School to replace one destroyed by fire and a second that is at least 25 years old.

Consider taking final action a proposal to clarify the boundaries for Southwest and West junior high schools along Kansas Highway 40 and Stull Road.

Consider taking a preliminary vote on a proposal to move a cluster of homes near Perry Park to Southwest Junior High School from West Junior High School. The change would effect eight elementary students and no junior high students.

Receive an update on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission's consideration of a commercial development near Free State High School.

Discuss approximately $2.1 million in possible budget cuts under consideration by the district's budget committee.

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