Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2000

District plans for Eudora schoolsfuture

September 21, 2000

School board members are taking further steps to plan for the district future and will try to find the best solutions for its present condition as well.

At its Sept. 14 meeting, the board set a date for interviewing four engineering firms to select a construction manager for competition of a new high school. A construction manager oversees all aspects of any development, remaining on the job until its completion. The board decided to hold the interviews at 5:30 to 7 p.m., Oct. 7 at Eudora High before its monthly meeting.

Board member Bob Rice suggested a screening group consisting of the board and construction-knowledgeable residents to aid the interviewing process. Carlie Abel, board member, said he agreed with that suggestion.

have no problem with the community idea,Abel said. e have a lot of people in the community who have worked with construction. We probably need as much input as possible.
Board member Kenny Massey and Joe Pyle disagreed. With only four firms interviewing, Massey said, it should be simple for the board to make this decision. He noted the community will be involved in the feasibility study to be conducted later this year. The study, to be held by DLR Group, Lawrence, will examine current district educational buildings. When completed, DLR will suggest ways to best provide for Eudora students and the board and community members will plan future options.

e have another opportunity to involve the community with the feasibility and I think it would overlap with both,Massey said.

Board president Marion Johnson reminded the group that the interviews were preliminary for the construction manager decision.

ee not going to make a final decision, wee just talking to people,Johnson said.

The board went into executive session to discuss matters of land acquisition for possible construction of a new high school. After the meeting, Winans said the reason for the board going into executive session is to keep the price of the land fair.

he reason for executive session, when two parties are in negotiation that not fixed in price, the price can vary,Winans said. his can protect the taxpayer without driving up the cost of the land purchase.
A lack of available land and a growing area has made the need for land acquisition immediate. Winans said. Though no timeline on the purchase is available at this time, he said of the process: ince I came here, it been A.S.A.P.

s a fact of life in Eudora that wee property poor,Winans said. he need for land given the growth in this area, there no question.

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