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Designs for Free State, Kennedy to be unveiled at Lawrence school board meeting

December 8, 2013, 12:00 a.m. Updated December 8, 2013, 8:10 p.m.

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  • The Lawrence school board will review schematic designs Monday night for renovation projects being planned at Free State High School and Kennedy School.

    Construction at those buildings is tentatively slated to begin in June 2014.

    The schematic designs show the general concepts of the floor plans and the features to be added to the buildings. Once approved, designers proceed to the next step of drawing blueprints and specifications for the projects.

    Design plans for all the buildings being renovated are posted on the school district's website as they are approved.

    The projects are being funded with the $92.5 million bond issue that district voters approved in April. Most of that money is being used to expand and upgrade elementary schools in the district, with particular focus on older buildings such as Kennedy in the east and central neighborhoods of Lawrence.

    The renovations at Kennedy are expected to cost about $8.6 million and include several additional classrooms, including three additional preschool rooms, more energy-efficient mechanical systems, technology upgrades and security enhancements to the main entrance of the school.

    Plans at the two high schools are more modest because they received significant upgrades through an earlier bond issue.

    At Free State, the general plans also call for security enhancements, including fire alarm upgrades, as well as remodeling the office area to accommodate the addition of seven new classrooms. The estimated cost is $4.2 million.

    Also Monday, the board will hear an update on the status of the district's capital outlay fund and a report on projects being planned for the coming spring and summer.

    Several changes to the board's policy manual are also on the agenda, including changes to policies dealing with bullying by staff and parents, as well as the district's policy against carrying weapons on school property and at school-sponsored events, even if the person has a valid permit to carry concealed weapons.

    The school board meets at 8 p.m. Monday at the district administrative building, 110 McDonald Drive.

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