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School board to decide on tech ed center location

September 22, 2013


Lawrence school district officials are now formally recommending that the new technical education center being funded with the recent bond issue be built at 31st and Haskell, in conjunction with an adult job training center to be developed by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

But the final decision will be up to the Lawrence school board, which will be asked to decide the issue when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the administration building, 100 McDonald Drive.

“Locating the center at this location provides advantages for USD 497,” Superintendent Rick Doll said in a memo to the board. “Students would have access to more career and technical education programs and the collaborative planning among the school district, area colleges, and business and economic development interests will be positive for the district and the community.”

The facility, which the district is now calling the “College and Career Center,” was originally planned for property the district already owns near Holcom Park, west of 25th and Iowa. Construction for the 30,000 square-foot facility, estimated at $5.7 million, was included in the $92.5 million bond issue that district voters approved April 2.

Meanwhile, the chamber has been working on plans for an adult training center that it plans to develop at an industrial facility currently owned by HiPer Industries at 31st and Haskell.

Chamber leaders have urged the school district to build their technical education facility there as well in order to have one combined center that would give both high school students and adults a broader range of job training options.

In other business, the school board will:

• Receive an update on progress in other bond-related construction projects.

• Vote on final adoption of the 2013-2014 board of education goals.

• And hear a report on the status of the district's purchasing and printing operations.

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LogicMan 4 years, 5 months ago

Is this site the old city bus depot? If so, it is close to some potential employers/trainers. But it is not very close to the center of east Lawrence where many of the trainees would hopefully be recruited. Within walking or biking distance for them would be optimal.

Catalano 4 years, 5 months ago

It's totally within walking/biking AND BUS RIDING distance to the center of East Lawrence.

Deb Engstrom 4 years, 5 months ago

Why would trainees be recruited from East Lawrence? This "College and Career Center" will serve the entire school district. It will be near an adult job training center so that resources will be shared.

Matthew Herbert 4 years, 5 months ago

Seems like they had it all figured out when they asked for the bond issue money to put the tech center at Holcomb. Then, once the voters gave them the money, they went back to the drawing board to do what they REALLY wanted to do. Interesting....I'm sure that was completely accidental.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Too little is known about the new plan to say yes.

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