City, school agreement one to snack on to snack on
The agreement between the city of Eudora and the school district to construct a concession stand at the West Elementary ball fields is encouraging, and we hope a harbinger of things to come.
Under an agreement announced at last week's city council meeting, the school district has agreed to provide the first $20,000 toward the construction of a concession stand and restroom facilities at the ball fields with the city picking up the tab for any costs that exceed that total. In return, the school district is asking the city to work with the district to bring utility connections to the baseball and softball complex at the high school.
Earlier efforts to build a concession stand at the site were quickly abandoned when cost estimates came in higher than expected.
It was encouraging to hear city council members talk of past joint projects and express an interest in future cooperation.
Continued cooperation between the city and district will be important as the city grows. If the two entities can jointly develop green space and recreational facilities that serve both their needs, it would reduce redundancy to the ultimate benefit of local taxpayers.
The district should be a large player in the update of the city's comprehensive plan contemplated for next year. The plan will identify future residential growth areas that will eventually create demand for new schools.
If the updated plan is pegged to a capital improvement plan that would bring infrastructure to designated areas, it will give the district a heads up about where it should be searching for land. That would in turn allow the district to stay one or two steps ahead of development in the purchase of property for future school at a lower price.
Once again, the ultimate benefactor of such forward planning will be the taxpayers.