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Lawrence school board agrees to lease warehouse on West 31st Street

May 10, 2011

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Members of the Lawrence school board agreed Monday to lease a 12,000-square-foot warehouse near Walmart and Home Depot, a move to help the district save at least $100,000 in annual expenses by purchasing canned fruits, cleaning supplies and copy paper by the truckload instead of smaller quantities.

The district will pay $4.20 per square foot, or $4,200 a month, to lease the building at 1811 W. 31st St. The lease rate is nearly 30 percent less than the rate that had been advertised by the building’s owner.

While the lease will be paid through the district’s Food Services Department, the ability to buy items in bulk will allow the district to save money on other items as well, including those assigned to the district’s General Fund.

In other action Monday, board members:

• Approved the hiring of G. Keith Wilson as principal for the Lawrence Virtual School.

• Agreed to buy two delivery trucks and two pickup trucks (which also are used for plowing snow), from Laird Noller Automotive, for a total of $102,508.

Comments

sierraclub 3 years, 7 months ago

You would think that the 'smart' people on the school board would realize that they have an empty Wakarusa building available for FREE!!!!

Jeff Plinsky 3 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, hail, that's not a plus one. The district is looking to buy large enough quantities that Wakarusa won't hold it, unless they knock out a bunch of walls (interior and exterior) to open up the space, add doors big enough for semis to back in, and raise ceilings enough that pallets can be stacked. Essentially, they'd have to build a new building. Renting makes much more sense.

BigPrune 3 years, 7 months ago

hmmmmmmm..........did they put this out for bid?

ranger73 3 years, 7 months ago

or as my kids would say-school board-epic fail!

Richard Payton 3 years, 7 months ago

Wakarusa School is on a commercial truck route? I believe the road out to that school isn't built for over the road trucks that haul the bulk items.

Richard Payton 3 years, 7 months ago

Based on the $100,000.00 in annual savings that the story mentions spending $4,200 a month would be $50,400.00 a year. For a savings of $49,600.00. a year if my math is correct.

Jeff Plinsky 3 years, 7 months ago

At the meeting last night, Frank Harwood showed the math to everyone. The gross savings will be closer to $250,000. After they pay the rent on the warehouse, and the costs for district personnel to deliver items from the warehouse to the individual schools, they still save $100,000. Right now, the district is paying companies to deliver to the individual schools, and those fees really pile up in a hurry.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

"At the meeting last night, Frank Harwood showed the math to everyone. The gross savings will be closer to $250,000. After they pay the rent on the warehouse, and the costs for district personnel to deliver items from the warehouse to the individual schools, they still save $100,000. Right now, the district is paying companies to deliver to the individual schools, and those fees really pile up in a hurry."

If necessary Harwood could have made a presentation to demonstrate that this rental project would be a total failure.... however that is not what the admin ask for.

If this is such a great savings package why wasn't this discovered in 1990?

Is it the responsibility of USD 497 to bail out members of the real estate industry?

Get rid of the admin building!

Save $3 million on transportation.... YES!

Something to think about:

USD 497 budgets $4-4.5 million to bus students. The district is charged at a daily rate depending on how many students use the transportation.

Parents would you be willing to find other means to get your students to school IF it meant keeping all the schools open,teachers employed and retaining important subject matter/programs?

Think car pooling,family members ,walking and biking.

USD 497 says it needs $3 million. Can WE come up with $3 million?

IF 75% of students were no longer bussed: 75% of $4,000,000 = $3,000,000 (million)

75% of $4,500,000 = $3,375,000

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