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School board to discuss plans for College and Career Center

February 9, 2014

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The Lawrence school board will get a preliminary look at plans for the new College and Career Center during a work session before Monday night's regular board meeting.

The planned $5.7 million facility is being funded with a portion of the $92.5 million bond issue that voters approved last spring. It will house career and technical education programs for high school students, including courses offered through regional community colleges and technical schools.

Current plans call for offering courses in health sciences, machine technology, computer networking and commercial construction.

Original plans called for a 30,000-square-foot facility on property the district owns near Holcom Park, but the location was later moved to property near the Hiper Technology plant at 31st and Haskell where the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce also plans to build an adult job-training center.

District officials have said they want to break ground early this year to meet their goal of opening the center at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the district's administration center, 110 McDonald Drive, and will be followed with the board's regular business meeting at 7 p.m.

During the regular meeting, the board will give public recognition to the Lawrence High School debate team, which recently placed third in the four-speaker division at the Kansas 6A state tournament in Johnson County.

The board will also hear a presentation about innovative classroom designs, furniture and educational practices associated with the "blended learning" model the district is gradually shifting toward, which uses a combination of online learning and traditional teacher-led instruction.

The board will also hear an update on plans for construction and remodeling at other buildings associated with the $92.5 million bond issue. That will include plans for the former East Heights school, which will be used to temporarily house students from other elementary schools as they undergo renovation.

The discussion will also cover the status of plans for asbestos removal at Cordley, Hillcrest and New York schools.

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