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.