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Archive for Monday, October 29, 2012

School board to discuss SLT changes

Interchange on western leg of K-10 affects district property

October 29, 2012

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The Lawrence school board will discuss plans for a new highway interchange near Langston Hughes School when it meets at 8 p.m. today.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to build a new interchange connecting Kansas Highway 10 and Bob Billings Parkway. That project, estimated to cost $17 million, is being funded through the state’s T-Works program, a 10-year transportation program approved by the Kansas Legislature in 2010.

The city of Lawrence is also planning to extend Bob Billings Parkway west to connect with the new interchange.

City officials say plans are also taking shape for a new housing development on property owned by Alvamar Inc., near the new interchange. That property lies between the school district property and K-10.

The school district is involved because it owns land that will have to be acquired for public right of way. The Kansas Department of Transportation is presenting two options for the board to consider.

Staff from KDOT and the city of Lawrence are scheduled to speak at the meeting to provide more details of the project.

In other business, the board will:

• Hold a study session beginning at 6 p.m. with the design firm Gould Evans Associates to discuss plans for a bond election to be held next spring.

• Consider the appointment of Michelle Fales to the school district’s Finance Advisory Council.

• Consider the appointments of several individuals to the district’s Equity Council.

• Select a delegate and alternate to attend the Kansas Association of School Boards annual meeting Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Topeka.

Comments

consumer1 1 year, 5 months ago

YOu seem to be the one with tunnel vision. Think about it for a while then let me know what you come up with.

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consumer1 1 year, 5 months ago

Here is a good answer to where the money for education goes.

The school district is involved because it owns land that will have to be acquired. Right to the classrooms where it belongs...

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 5 months ago

If they do build an interchange at SLT & 15th., I hope they put flashing red lights at the next three or four intersections to slow traffic down.

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local_support 1 year, 5 months ago

Are you really all that surprised?

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none2 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm surprised that an interchange between 15th street & the bypass wasn't done years ago when they first built the bypass.

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