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Lawrence school district moving forward on bond projects

April 7, 2013


Barely a week after voters approved a $92.5 million bond issue, Lawrence school officials want to move quickly on construction and renovation projects, starting with the hiring of a construction manager who will supervise much of the process.

The Lawrence school board will be asked Monday night to approve a $107,000 contract with Dean Youngers to serve as construction manager on the projects.

Assistant Superintendent Kyle Hayden said Youngers was selected after interviewing a number of construction managers who have handled other major school projects in Kansas. He said Youngers served as project manager for a similar $97.5 million set of bond-funded projects in the Manhattan-Ogden school district.

The bonds approved last week for the Lawrence district will go for remodeling and additions to the 14 elementary schools and two high schools, as well as upgrading technology throughout the district and expanding facilities for career and technical education programs.

The board will also be asked Monday to renew the district's one-half mill property tax authority to fund adult education services.

Since 1985, school districts in Kansas have had authority to levy up to half a mill to fund adult education, but districts have to vote to renew that authority every five years. Currently, the Lawrence district levies about four-tenths of a mill, which generates about $360,000.

The adult education program also receives direct state and federal funding, as well as a small amount from a county tax levy for a total budget this year of $645,000.

The board will also be asked to appoint board member Bob Byers to the district's negotiating committee to work on the next collective bargaining agreement with the Lawrence Education Association. Byers would replace board president Vanessa Sanburn on the committee.

The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive.

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buffalo63 4 years, 9 months ago

Hiring someone from outside the District is a step in the right direction since the construction manager for the athletic fields project screwed it up big time!

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