Archive for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Board OKs plan for tennis courts

June 26, 2012


Lawrence school board members on Monday gave their OK to a plan to cooperate with the city on a proposal to bring lighted tennis courts near Free State High School.

The plan called for the city to reimburse the school district for work done to rebuild the existing five courts in the area, add three new courts nearby and add lighting to all eight courts.

Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll said the total cost of the project is estimated to be just over $614,000. He said the costs of the project had increased slightly over previous estimates because of the need to build a retaining wall.

The two governmental agencies would have a maintenance agreement similar to a previous one in place for tennis courts at Lawrence High School, Doll said.

The project now goes to a vote before the Lawrence City Commission, which is set to consider the measure sometime in July, Doll said. Keith Diaz Moore, a school board member, asked to ensure that the school board have an opportunity to vote on the project again if city commissioners change the size or scope of the project during their discussions.

“It’s been a long journey,” Doll said. “And I have no idea if this is the end of it.”

In other actions on Monday, the board:

• Approved salary increases for its classified and administrative staffs. Both salary pools received a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s salaries.

Classified employees, including custodians, food service employees, paraprofessionals and other service workers, will receive a cost-of-living adjustment that will cost the district $1.05 million. The district’s administrative employees, including principals, district administrators and assistant superintendents, will receive raises at Doll’s discretion, but an amount of just over $218,000 will be devoted to the increases. There are fewer than 60 administrative employees.

• Voted to participate in a cooperation agreement with the city of Lawrence and Douglas County on a neighborhood revitalization area plan for the renovation of the Ciderworks Building, 812 Pa. The plan would allow developers of the building to receive a 10-year rebate on 95 percent of the new property tax generated by the building. The plan still must be approved by the Lawrence City Commission, which will discuss the issue at its meeting tonight.


irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

it seems like a waste of $600,000 since they will be building the new recreation/event center down the road that will probably have lighted tennis courts

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

Just get the cash you need off the money tree just outside the front door of city hall.

Jaime Baggett 5 years, 11 months ago

Good, that means when I'm ready to go play tennis day or night I'll have a choice.

halfpint 5 years, 11 months ago

Sometimes it costs a bit extra to build and plan right. This is great plan for the tennis players of Lawrence, and the neighborhood near LHS, where there is much opposition to lighting tennis courts that were built very close to numerous residences. Cheers to USD497 and City Staff and Commissioners for considering this plan.

Bigdog66046 5 years, 11 months ago

what a waste of money!! why do we all have to pay for 8 lighted courts just so the Lawrence Tennis Accociation (like what 20-30 people) can have their play time at night? There are lighted courts for citizens to use. Don't waste $600,000 + on courts that aren't necessary at this time! WE ARE BROKE!! Include them out west with the sports area that will be built one way or the other. Would probably be cheaper to do 10 courts out there at the time of construction than the 8 here!

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