Archive for Friday, June 7, 2013

School board to review architectural bids

June 7, 2013


The Lawrence school board will consider on Monday awarding contracts for architectural services on most of the construction and renovation projects that are being funded with the recently approved $92.5 million bond issue.

Most of the money from those bonds - about $78.4 million - will be used to expand and renovate the district's 14 elementary schools, as well as some improvements at the two high schools. Some electrical improvements at the four middle schools are also included in that amount.

In April, shortly after voters approved the bond issue, the board agreed to divide the school building projects into four "packages," each containing a few of the buildings slated for improvements.

Last week, the district's Bond Construction Committee completed interviews with nine architectural firms that responded to a request for proposals. When the school board meets Monday, the committee will make recommendations about which firms should receive contracts for those packages.

The next step will be to negotiate contracts with those firms. Once those negotiations are completed, the board will be asked to approve the final contracts.

A fifth package, which calls for developing new facility space for career and technical education programs at the district's Holcom Center, will be awarded later.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the district's administrative building, 110 McDonald Drive.

Also Monday, the board will hear a presentation about developing an International Baccalaureate program in the district.

That's a program similar to advanced placement courses that offers advance courses with a liberal arts focus to high school students.

The International Baccalaureate program is managed by a non-profit corporation. The process to become authorized for the program typically takes two to three years and costs $23,000 just to apply, according to district officials.


buffalo63 5 years ago

Are there plans to put at least the footprints of the building construction on the USD 497 website when construction begins?

buffalo63 5 years ago

This link was for the concept plans for the bond election. I would like to see the plans from the architechtural firm that gets the bid that show what is actually going to be built, or does that firm have to follow those concept plans?

d1995 5 years ago

You do not need the IB program in Lawrence. The AP program can provide the same thing and is able to provide the importance of diversity in public schools. The IB program was brought to America to attract diversity back to inter-city magnet schools. The Summer Academy in Kansas City is a great example of an IB school. The IB program requires a very expensive fee to belong, to train staff and purchase books and other materials. In schools like Lawrence, it develops an elite “a school with in a school” groups of students. In order for any student to receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma, they must take all the required IB core courses. The Advanced Placement, which is already in place at both high schools in Lawrence can provide the same program without the cost of membership and more expensive cost of teacher training and higher cost on materials. In order for the district to strengthen the AP program, it needs to require it’s AP class curriculum to be be accepted by the College Board with an approved audit. It needs to require the students to take the AP final exams. If a student chooses to take all of the AP core courses they will receive an AP Scholar Certificate. Most universities recognize the programs equally by the student test scores.
The biggest reason for USD 497 to strengthen it’s AP program and not join the IB program is to avoid a segregative elite program. You only need to strengthen the AP program by following their guidelines.

David Klamet 5 years ago

"...liberal arts focus..."

We cannot find enough people to fill the positions in tech--I speak from experience.

So many graduate from college with a lot of debt and can't find a job.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a harder course of study. Don't know if I should be frustrated, or thank those who avoid it thus keeping my skills in demand.

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