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Lawrence school district lines up lease for warehouse

May 8, 2011


Before the Lawrence school district can save money through buying applesauce, trash can liners and a variety of instructional supplies by the pallet — make that dozens, even hundreds of pallets — it’ll first need to spend some money to make room for all the goods.

The proposed solution: lease warehouse space near Walmart and Home Depot.

Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board will consider leasing a 12,000-square-foot building at 1811 W. 31st St. for use as a bulk-storage and distribution center.

The district would pay $4,200 a month for the building, the former home of Western Extralite Co.’s Lawrence operations. The building is equipped with overhead doors and enough large open space to handle 500 pallets of bulk items, or more than twice as much allowed by the district’s current warehouse capacity.

“We’re ordering in such small capacities, we’re getting no economies of scale,” said Rick Doll, district superintendent.

The lease is necessary if the district is to move forward with its plan to boost its bulk purchases of food, custodial supplies, copy paper and other items, officials said. Even including the $50,400 in lease payments for the year, the district still would expect to save at least $100,000 overall during the next school year on such purchases.

The $100,000 in projected savings is among a number of other operational, personnel and budgeting changes endorsed by the board to fill an expected $3 million loss in state financing for next year.

Also on the agenda for the board meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive:

l Review the District Improvement Plan, a document compiled in response to a visit from consultants and educators through the Kansas Learning Network.

l Receive a report from the district’s Fringe Benefits Committee.

l Receive an update about upgrades planned for Lawrence High School’s athletics fields, to be financed by donations.


John Hamm 6 years, 11 months ago

Gee. Maybe if they look around a little bit more they could pay more that $4200 a month for a "cost-saving" warehouse! Good God people! What in the name of business goes through their minds? $4200 a month for "warehouse" space in Lawrence........ Absurd.

George_Braziller 6 years, 11 months ago

Rather than pay $50,000 a year in rent, why not spend that once and expand the current warehouse?

thewayitis 6 years, 11 months ago

Any way it is a huge gamble they cannot afford to risk. What if the cost of some goods depreciate during storage? They may as well be trading options. Lets add on to what we have at least that would be a long term asset.

deec 6 years, 11 months ago

But then they wouldn't be able to give a handout to whoever owns the warehouse.

kinder_world 6 years, 11 months ago

Wow, really!! The school district used to order in balk and stored it at the closed down India School on 23rd street. Schools they have closed in the past 25 years. India, Grant Township (this school was consolidated from 4 small schools and the area people paid contractors our of their own pockets to build it, then consolidated with Lawrence in 1966 and then closed down), Kaw Valley, Riverside, East Heights, Centennial (became Virtural School), and Wakarusa Valley. There surely is room at Centennial or Cordly - which has a full gym in the basement, which could be used for storage.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 11 months ago

It does seem high. In this market there must be other warehouse space available. This is prime warehouse space. $4200 a month is too much money.

Do they have these "great prices" on supplies locked in or is this speculation? What do they know?

USD 497 must have another friend in the real estate that they are bailing out ..... kinda like that 76 acres at $23,000 an acre. And that $4,000,000 big white admin building before remodeling.

Sometimes it doesn't seem like this USD 497 district is a smart shopper.

Monday Night Board Meeting

"Receive an update about upgrades planned for Lawrence High School’s athletics fields, to be financed by donations."

The reckless spending never stops = how about seeking donations for teacher salaries!!!

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

How about giving the School Board and the public an all-inclusive list of the costs associated with the new sports fields? We can list those items and sums donated as well. Let's see the big picture. I know that two sets of bleachers at $400,000.00 each was approved not so long ago. These guys send so much spin, they don't even know what they have said/done in the past month or so. Mark: good job regurgitating this drivel.

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

In constructing a project, we wouldn't dream of making a line item decision without reviewing the whole project cost. But then....we aren't USD 497.

persevering_gal 6 years, 11 months ago

And exactly how much of this stuff is actually going to be used or is it going to sit there and collect dust?

I recently lost my job as a teacher due to budget cuts, and it's a little disturbing to hear about this happening at this particular time. It's especially sad to discover that many schools in USD 497 select the number of years over the quality of teaching (not saying I'm the greatest teacher in the world, just stating there are other great teachers who lost their positions to teachers who could care less about being in the classroom). I sincerely wish the students and the teachers the best, and I certainly hope more people begin to understand the unfortunate priorities of this school district.

mellowyellow 6 years, 11 months ago

AS a previous poster stated....closed schools have been used in the past. Why isn't that an option now with the recent closing of Wakarusa?

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

They're using Waky for the Virtual School. I know that for 100K, they could build all of the storage they need. I know that they own land that would be suitable for this. They just don't know how to manage assets properly.

allinyourhead 6 years, 11 months ago

Someone in a previous comment asked who we as taxpayers are bailing out again with this deal. I found no direct link to anyone on the school board. The listed owners of the property is Fraternal Investors, L.L.C. ( What is funny is that the listed registered agent of the company is Thomas Isenberg ( This is presumably the same Mr. Thomas Isenberg who is president of Western Extralite, the company previously renting the property ( Now I'm not the kind of guy to see things that aren't there. But this is the same LLC that convinced Manhattan, Ks to issue a bond to build a building so that it could be leased to the LLC, so the LLC could sublease the property to Western Extralite. What does this have to do with the school board and the deal to rent the property? Nothing that I can see. So there you go. Unless someone knows of a connection between the current owners and the the school board, the answer is nothing.

mom_of_three 6 years, 11 months ago

You never knew if haskell was going to continue renting the stadium to the district and with the needed upkeep and repairs to haskell, it made sense for the district to have their own. While I understand the reasons for two facilities, I wish there could have been one. HOWEVEr, even if one district facility was built, the schools would have still needed their own practice facilities (olathe and smsd have their own practice) and money would need to be spent.

GardenMomma 6 years, 11 months ago

I don't see the reason for two stadiums. Where did they practice while they were renting from Haskell? Why build two stadiums when for half that money, a very nice shared stadium could have been built?

weeslicket 6 years, 11 months ago

in on this way late again.

2 (maybe 3) questions: what, and where, is the district renting now for $100,000 per year? what does a rent-a-storage-site cost??

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

I do know that they are getting $1.00 a year for East Heights. (Minus Utilities), (Minus a remodel for them).

With the districts construction people and others, they can build a very large warehouse for 100K. They would be nuts to rent anything for that much.

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes, and unfortunately, we know who will pick up the tab: the taxpayers and the children.

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

Maybe we need a lot of storage for the contents of a school that will be razed and rebuit?

classclown 6 years, 11 months ago

You have to spend money to save money.

That's pretty much how a wife thinks.

Clevercowgirl 6 years, 11 months ago

My guess must have been right. Actually, I heard that they were looking for a lot more storage than this article states.

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