Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Board agrees to purchase land for new elementary school

Sale contingent on passage of a $45 million bond issue

July 12, 2007

The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of land Thursday for a new first- through fifth-grade elementary school. The purchase is contingent on the passage of a $45 million bond referendum Nov.6.

The board agreed to buy 46.6 acres of land south and west of the intersection at 10th and Peach streets. The land is currently owned by Robert Durr.

District officials agreed to pay $1,995,000 for the property. Funds for the purchase would be included in the bond.

"From a school district standpoint, I think we feel very good about purchasing the land," Eudora USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza said. "It fits the recommendation from the community advisory committee and it fills the need for a public space for a school for a neighborhood that does not have one of those."

A 45-member citizen advisory committee informed the district of their desire to see a school north of Kansas Highway 10.

"When one looks at the costs associated with the property, the board was very responsible," Kobza said.

The board chose the land over other areas further removed for existing infrastructure, Kobza said. It would have been much more expensive to build the school in the other areas, he said.

The $27 million elementary school will be the largest project included in the bond issue.

Preliminary designs for the 1,000-student building by DLR Group, depict the school as containing five different "neighborhoods." Each grade level would have its own pod containing two sets of classrooms and a shared "discovery area."

Should the bond pass, the district tentatively plans to open the school in fall 2009.

More information about the agreement can be found in the July 19 issue of The Eudora News.

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