Archive for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eudora OKs new stadium

Following two years of planning, the Eudora school board decided to move forward on a state-of-the-art football stadium to the west of the current high school.

March 17, 2010

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The Eudora Board of Education unanimously approved bids to build a new district stadium at special meeting Tuesday night.

ATG Sports will build the stadium at a cost not to exceed $1,888,418, which is a total that is about $1.1 million less than the district had originally budgeted.

The fate of the facility, which is the final project associated with the district’s $45 million bond issue, had been in question for several months.

The district had put the stadium at the bottom of the list of projects to be completed because those that would affect academics had a higher priority.

The facility will cause the bond projects to come in about $600,000 over budget. The district will pay for the overage by financing about $590,000 in TAC Energy Solutions projects associated with other bond construction.

Raising the mill levy also could fund the overage, though that will not be decided until a later date.

The stadium’s construction also will free up the former Nottingham School and the adjacent Laws Field site for development. Developing the property at the main entrance to town off Kansas Highway 10 could increase Eudora’s minuscule business tax base, while at the same time providing financial relief to the district.

The property was appraised in 2008 at $845,000. Demolition could cost as much as $200,000, but Swartz said that likely wasn’t the case anymore because the costs have sharply decreased.

Also Tuesday, Nancy Jackson was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Eudora school board. The vacancy was created when former board member Keith Nowland resigned earlier this school year.

Jackson, 43, has worked several years in financial management and currently works for The Land Institute. She has two children in the district.

Comments

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

"The district had put the stadium at the bottom of the list of projects to be completed because those that would affect academics had a higher priority."

Too bad the USD 497 majority could not think in such terms...

USD 497 got this http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/may/should_city_spend_20_million_or_more_play_project/

instead of this http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/oct/how_should_school_district_pay_20_million_maintena/

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct/22/school-priorities/#c1027186

kansasmutt 5 years, 4 months ago

" Raising the mill levy also could fund the overage, though that will not be decided until a later date." If the bond was voted upon, is it not illegal to spend more than the bond total was for ? Just another school district screwing the tax payers. I say consolidate several districts and fire the the board members and hire out the managment to people who know how to balance a budget and run it like a business, not a golden money tree. They always have an answer !!!! Raise the mill levy !!!!!! The tax payers wont care.

purplesage 5 years, 4 months ago

Got their priorities straightened out just in time to ready for late August or early September.

thisiknow 5 years, 4 months ago

Since the majority of voters passed the bond the school board believes they are within their rights to forego a promise "the stadium is last on the list and only if we can afford it". They will not address the tax increase until a later date and in the meantime more people vacate Eudora and that is fewer to pay. Shutting down academic choices and laying off teachers because of budget and then allowing the stadium to be built is reckless. How the school board has handled this situation has me worried about who they will sell the Nottingham site to.

ksukristin18 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow! We can afford a new stadium, however we are laying of teachers...brilliant Eudora!!!

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