Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2007

Board defines bond scope

May 6, 2007

The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education accepted the final form of a $45 million bond package Thursday.

"We've got to go. This is where we're at," Superintendent Marty Kobza said.

The bond priorities for the November referendum include a $26.9 million first- through fifth-grade elementary school and a new sixth-grade attendance center for Eudora Middle School.

To cut costs, the board members decided to remove a $2.5 million district operation center from its list of priorities.

"It's a hard sell," Kobza said.

The board agreed to make the operation center a priority when funds become available.

Other bond projects include:

  • $6.4 million worth of improvements to Eudora High School including new classroom space and a 750-person auditorium
  • $2.6 million worth of total improvements to Eudora Middle School
  • A $3.5 million technical education facility
  • A $2.9 million stadium
  • $378,000 worth of improvements to Eudora West Elementary School to turn it into a preschool and kindergarten center

The board will still need to adopt a formal resolution to add the referendum to the ballot.

The motion allows the district to direct the bond architect to start designing projects and allows for accurate prebond publicity of the package, district communications coordinator Kristin Magette said.

Read more about the bond referendum in the May 10 issue of The Eudora News.

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