The Lawrence school board plans to discuss other locations besides the Holcom Center for a new career and technical education center, which is being funded with $5.7 million in new bond proceeds.
But officials say the final decision on where to put the new facility may depend on whether the city, county or local businesses can raise additional money for another site.
That will be part of the discussion Monday night when the Lawrence school board takes up the issue of other possible locations. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the administration office, 110 McDonald Drive.
Outgoing board president Vanessa Sanburn said the district has been involved in informal talks with the city of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce about the location of the new center.
During the campaign to pass a $92.5 million bond issue in April, which included the money for the new CTE center, district officials indicated in campaign material that their plan was to develop a new 30,000 square-foot facility at the Career Community Connections Center, property the school district already owns near Holcom Park, 2700 W. 27th St.
But Sanburn said Chamber officials have lobbied hard for another location that would be more visible and more conveniently located to area businesses that would benefit from an expanded career training center.
In particular, she said Chamber officials wanted the district to consider the new industrial park being developed at the former Farmland Industries chemical plant on East 23rd Street. But Sanburn said that was ruled out because environmental regulations would require complete soil decontamination before a school facility could be built there.
Sanburn said the school board is willing to consider other locations if other entities can contribute to the cost of acquiring additional property and building a larger facility.
Also at Monday's meeting, two newly elected board members will be sworn into office, along with Sanburn, who was re-elected in August to a second term on the board.
Kristie Adair and Adina Morse will be sworn in, replacing Mark Bradford who did not run for re-election, and Bob Byers who was edged out in the April 2 elections.
Following the swearing-in ceremonies, the board will elect new officers and make several other routine annual appointments and designations.
It's expected that current board vice president Rick Ingram will be elected to serve as board president for the upcoming year, and Shannon Kimball will be elected vice president.
In other business, the board will consider:
• Adoption of board meeting calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.
• 2013-2014 district administrative organizational chart.
• Designation of official newspaper and other news media for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Designation of Legal Counsel for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Designation of authorized representatives for federal programs, attendance officers, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, Freedom of Information Officer, and hearing officer for suspension and expulsion appeals.
• Appointment of representative to the Kansas Association of School Boards Governmental Relations Network.
• Appointment of board clerk, district treasurer, deputy clerk and deputy treasurer for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Designation of depositories for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Waiver of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Fixed Asset Accounting requirements.
• Approval of Master Services Agreement with US Bank.
• 2013-2014 schedule of fees, which includes no increase from the previous year.
• 2013-2014 meal prices, including a 5-cent increase in full-price meals, but no increase in reduced-price meals.
• Participation in child nutrition programs for the 2013-2014 school year.
• And approval of pay rates for noncontracted personnel.