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Archive for Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Board meets briefly; Weseman has job review

August 26, 2008

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It may have been the shortest school board meeting on record.

Lawrence school board members concluded Monday's meeting in a brisk 10 minutes, approving the only two action items on the agenda: Two contracts to provide upgrades to several elementary schools.

Lawrence-based Mar Lan Construction won a bid to install a wheelchair ramp and entrance at the main entrance of Cordley School.

"We've tried to get that school accessible," said Craig Grant, school board president.

Superintendent Randy Weseman said the federal Office of Civil Rights found several instances where district was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, prompting the district to award Mar Lan Construction with a contract for more than $80,000. A wheelchair entrance already exists at the school, but not at the main entrance.

"We're held to a higher standard with these ADA compliances than the private sector," Weseman said. The construction will begin soon.

The board also approved a $10,000 project to improve telecommunication and electrical wiring at four elementary schools. The project is being completed by an existing contractor, Savage Communications.

The four schools receiving the upgrades are New York, Sunset Hill, Woodlawn and Wakarusa Valley.

Grant told the school board he was pleased that the district and Lawrence teachers came to a tentative agreement for a contract last week. Grant sat on the district's negotiating team. He said the board will vote to approve the contract Sept. 22.

"It helps them get on to what they want to do, which is teach," said board member Scott Morgan.

Weseman met earlier Monday with the school board for his annual performance evaluation, and board members gave him a satisfactory report.

"Obviously, we felt good about the situation with our superintendent. We think he's done a good job," Grant said. The board will meet with Weseman in subsequent weeks to identify goals for the school year.

Comments

Michael Stanclift 6 years, 4 months ago

Rather interesting choice of photos for the front page of the site, is Weseman wearing a tux?$80,000 for a ramp? There are places I could buy an entire house for that price!

townie2 6 years, 4 months ago

Glad I wasn't the only one to notice we are putting more ADA facilities into Cordley when Centennial was MUCH more adapted to all students. Still am amazed after all this time that it was agreed to close Centennial and keep Cordley.Centennial is one story and has playing fields surrounding it with room for a larger elementary school or for the high school to expand into.Cordley has stairs and two busy, busy streets around it with no place to expand the building.Wow.

commuter 6 years, 4 months ago

How much has Cordley sucked out of the capital outlay fund. It seema to me each year they spend more and more on Cordley. The ADA issue was brought up during the school closing bond issue. The school's contruction manager said they would take care of all of the ADA issues. maybe I missed something?Or did the district miss something? Again, Again maybe for the 100th time they missed something.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 4 months ago

"Obviously, we felt good about the situation with our superintendent. We think he's done a good job," Grant saidToo bad they didn't get some public input on that one. The district needs Weseman to move on and they need to hire his replacement from outside the district in order to break-up that good old boy network that exists in the district.

Bud Stagg 6 years, 4 months ago

Bitch as much as you want people. Be careful what you wish for, Randy may not be perfect, but he is better than most.I know from a superintendant from another district that they all hate Lawrence. We do more with the money given than any other district. We have fewer Assistant supers, fewer staff, etc than other districts our size. When other districts go ask the state for more money, the state says look what Lawrence is doing and deny the request. It's always greener on the other side of the fence...

WilburM 6 years, 4 months ago

Once again we pay for the horrible decision to close Centennial and keep Cordley open. Decisions have consequences -- often for the LONG term.

hilary 6 years, 4 months ago

Centennial has no playing fields now. That's where they're moving the LHS fields. Centennial has also served the district in many positive ways since the decision was made to close down the school.Cordley rocks!

justforfun 6 years, 4 months ago

80 GRAND for a wheelchair ramp!!! Must be one kick as ramp!! Just curious is it gonna start at Mass with a slope of 1/8 per 2 feet? Or the norm 1 inch per foot all other ramps have? Better get another bond issue on the November ballet QUICK!!!

MattressMan 6 years, 4 months ago

How much of a raise did they give him? You could probably wager that it was more than the teachers got. But hey he deserves it with the LOB vote (for teacher salaries)passing in April and the projected increase in state aid for the enrollment increase somewhere around $850,000, combine the two and you have extra monies for admin raises. Good job Randy, good job.

motomom 6 years, 4 months ago

a wheelchair ramp? huh? would someone please tell me why in the world they closed centennial school? they certainly have put alot of dollars into cordley, when nice lil' ol' centennial already had it all. thanks austin turney...you and randy oughta be footin' the bills!and i agree----the public should review "weasel"man!

hail2oldku 6 years, 4 months ago

JOEHAWK (Anonymous) says: Bitch as much as you want people. Be careful what you wish for, Randy may not be perfect, but he is better than most.I know from a superintendant from another district that they all hate Lawrence. We do more with the money given than any other district. We have fewer Assistant supers, fewer staff, etc than other districts our size--------------------------------------------------------------------------Horse hockey

hail2oldku 6 years, 4 months ago

cheeseburger (Anonymous) says: commuter-A common occurrence when Tom Bracciano is in charge of things. Not sure if he has ever completed a project timely, completely, or accurately!--------------------------------------------------------------------------The new ramp outside of West Jr. High was finally completed by the end of the school year last year, but they still haven't even started any of the landscape work around that ramp.

kansas778 6 years, 4 months ago

I hope the JW actually does some reporting and takes some photos of this $80,000 ramp when it's finished.

ralphe 6 years, 4 months ago

Thinking that he's 'better than most' and using that fear to keep a poor leader is an ignorant way to think! Not all superintendents from other districts hate Lawrence. They are thankful they are not in such a messed up district.

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