Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lawrence school board to begin finalizing bond proposal

December 9, 2012


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.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

More renovations at Free State HIgh School?

I can only hope we are provided with a menu type ballot that offers taxpayers a choice.

How many ways can we taxpayers fund teachers salaries? Let's take a hard look.

Yes I will support a non tax increasing bond issue that rehabilitates our elementary schools and removes the portable buildings. And I would prefer a means to remove all fees regarding academic growth.

I will not support any further athletic project spending. Students need to focus on developing job skills.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 4 months ago

I read in a recent Sound Off article that the expansions at LHS and Free State are to make a little extra room in the buildings for the addition of 9th graders. Free State may be getting some extra classrooms, and LHS might be getting expanded common areas.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Why in the world did the school board add ninth grade to the high schools if it meant classroom shortages?. It wasn't too long ago that we made do with one high school. Now we have two and need more room???? Terrible planning, if you ask me.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 4 months ago

I believe part of it was to relieve overcrowding at the elementary schools by moving out 6th grade. They also chose to act on recent educational research proving the benefits of four year high schools and the 6-8th grade middle school model.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

The overcrowding was caused in part by closing neighborhood schools. There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Looks like chootspa hit the nail on the head. Had we kept neighborhood schools open and not added ninth grade to the high schools, I doubt we would be experiencing a building crisis at the moment.

LogicMan 5 years, 4 months ago

"I will not support any further athletic project spending. Students need to focus on developing job skills."

OMG! I agree with merrill on something.

EarthaKitt 5 years, 4 months ago

Well today is certainly a day something could freeze over!

Robert Schehrer 5 years, 4 months ago

No bond issued is needed. Take the money out of the Capital Outlay Fund. It is budgeted just for these type of expenditures.

lunacydetector 5 years, 4 months ago

will these bonds be like the payday loan bonds some california school districts have used? -$100 million turns into a $1 billion balloon.

i wish government entities would stop spending our money just because they can.....our schools are damn nice already.

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