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Lawrence school board will consider 13 applicants to fill vacant seat at Monday meeting

June 27, 2014

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Former school board members and area educators are among the 13 applicants who will be considered Monday evening to fill a vacant Lawrence school board seat.

At its 7 p.m. Monday meeting, the board will discuss the 13 applications before selecting a replacement for Keith Diaz Moore, who resigned last month to accept the position of dean at the University of Utah's school of architecture.

The position will run through June 30, 2015, and the next school board election is in April 2015.

The following have applied for the open position.

• Robert Byers: Previously served four years on the Lawrence school board and is a current member of Lawrence Public Schools' financial advisory committee. Has also worked in child welfare for more than 30 years.

• Scott Criqui: Human resources manager at Trinity In-Home Care. A member of the College and Career Center Building and Design Committee and Boundary Advisory Committee.

• Christopher English: Vice president and trust officer at The Trust Company of Kansas. First worked as a paraprofessional with Lawrence Public Schools in 1995 and was a math teacher at South Junior High from 1997 to 2009.

• Jill Plankinton Fincher: Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence School District Boundary Committee member. Past civic involvement includes: Lawrence Schools Foundation board member and treasurer from 1998 to 2001; LHS Lions Pride president and treasurer from 2011 to 2013; and serving as a Sunflower Elementary site council member from 2005 to 2008.

• Lindsey Frye: Member of New York Elementary PTO and a classroom volunteer.

• Marcel Harmon: Douglas County/USD 497 Science & Engineering Fair judge, Woodlawn Elementary School Site Council chair in 2012-13 and a member from 2011 to 2014. Was also a member of the USD 497 Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force.

• Anne Koprince: Moved to Lawrence from Washington, D.C., with family in 2012. Director of Development and Communication for SmallGovCon, a government legal blog. Previously director of the project management program at George Washington University.

• Neal Lintecum: Civic experience includes work at the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine, Lawrence Humane Society, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and serving as a mentor for the Lawrence High School anatomy class, among other stints.

• Michael J. Lowe: Spent 22 years as principal at West Junior High before working six years as principal at Topeka West High School. Has also worked as a consultant for Kansas State Department of Education.

• Marlene Merrill: Served on the Lawrence school board from 2007 to 2011. Former USD 497 administrator from 1992 to 2003. Various civic activities include chairing Lawrence Cultural Arts Committee and serving as president of Lawrence Civic Choir, among other activities.

• William Roth: Member of Wakarusa Valley Elementary School Stem Committee. Experience in financial management, planning and budgeting.

• William J. Simmons: Served as board member for Kansas Law Enforcement Police Training and Standards Board. Had careers in law enforcement and tax administration, and is a U.S. Army Reserve veteran.

• Sean J. Smith: Experience as a fourth-grade religious education teacher at St. John's Catholic School. Site board member and chair at Sunflower Elementary and is the chair of the Lawrence High site committee. Has served as chair of the Kansas Department of Education's special education advisory committee.

Cordley construction bid

Also Monday, the Lawrence school board will consider the approval of construction bids at Cordley Elementary School. Cordley is one of 10 projects underway, or soon to begin, this summer as part of the $92.5 million bond issue that will affect all of the district's schools and add a new college and career center.

The guaranteed maximum price, which only involves construction costs, of the project will be about $7.5 million. The total proposed budget for the project — which includes construction costs and other costs like architecture and engineering fees — is about $8.9 million.

Cordley, built in 1915, is the district's oldest continuously operated elementary school. During construction, which is expected to conclude by August 2015, students and staff will use the former East Heights Elementary School. Construction will feature more classroom space, and expansions to the school's cafeteria, gymnasium and library. The project is expected to be finished by August 2015.

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