The Lawrence school board will start digging through a list of suggested building upgrades and technology enhancements to come up with a final package that members will ask voters to approve with a bond issue in the April elections.
The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive.
The main purpose of the bonds would be to fund building expansions and renovations in the district's 14 elementary schools to bring them all up to comparable standards, with particular focus on the six schools in older neighborhoods of central and east Lawrence.
Proceeds would also be used to fund some renovations at Lawrence and Free State high schools, enhance computer and audio-visual technology throughout the district, and to expand career and technical education opportunities in the district.
On Nov. 26, the board received preliminary cost estimates ranging from about $85 million to $98 million.
In other business, the board will:
• Vote on a formal authorization to refinance bonds that were issued in 2006, reducing the interest rate from 5 percent to just under 2 percent, for a savings now estimated at $1.45 million.
• Consider adopting a formal policy regarding bond procedures to assure compliance with federal tax laws regarding tax-exempt bonds.
• And receive a report on the district's 2012 graduation rate.