The Lawrence school board on Monday approved a plan for pre-election planning relating to its proposed bond issue.
Bond issue scope presentation ( .PDF )
School borders presentation ( .PDF )
The board approved a scope of services report from local firm Gould Evans for $120,180 in services charged before the April election. The plan breaks down which stakeholders to talk to, as well as physical site assessments for consideration on what exactly should be included in the bond.
In other actions on Monday, the board:
• Took public comment and further discussion on a proposal to change school boundaries. It would affect the Deerfield School neighborhoods north of Peterson Road and east of Kasold Drive, including the area east of Iowa Street and north of Interstate 70 extending to the Kansas River.
Instead of feeding into Liberty Memorial Central Middle School with several students applying for transfers to West Middle School, the boundary change would mean these students all go to West.
There’s strong support for the proposal, which first came about in February, but some disagreement. This change would go into effect next year, so some students already at Liberty Memorial Central would have to choose to transfer to West or remain but not have bus service.
The board will vote on the proposal at its next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive.
• Talked over a draft of district goals for the year. The goals, like last year’s, cover overall themes of “excellence, equity and engagement.” Superintendent Rick Doll said he would take the board’s further suggestions to further refine the stated goals. The document can be found at usd497.org/BoardGoals.