Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2008

USD 491 breaks ground for EMS expansion

Eudora Superintendent Don Grosdidier looks on as Eudora Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Penrose, Eudora Board of Education member Belinda Rehmer, EMs 
eighth-grader Matthew Damm, EMS sixth-grader Joel Dixon, West Elementary fifth-grader Liz Kendall, EMS Principal Richard Proffitt and Eudora Board of Education President Kenny Massey participate Friday in the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Eudora Middle School. The expansion is set to be finished in fall 2009 and will feature a new commons area and sixth-grade classrooms.

Eudora Superintendent Don Grosdidier looks on as Eudora Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Penrose, Eudora Board of Education member Belinda Rehmer, EMs eighth-grader Matthew Damm, EMS sixth-grader Joel Dixon, West Elementary fifth-grader Liz Kendall, EMS Principal Richard Proffitt and Eudora Board of Education President Kenny Massey participate Friday in the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Eudora Middle School. The expansion is set to be finished in fall 2009 and will feature a new commons area and sixth-grade classrooms.

August 21, 2008

The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education followed the awarding of $2.2 million in bids last Thursday for the expansion of Eudora Middle School with a groundbreaking ceremony for the project the next day.

The addition, which was part of the $45 million bond issue passed last November, will include new sixth-grade classrooms on the south side side of the building and a larger kitchen and commons area on the north side of the building.

The additions are set to open at the beginning of the next school year.

In other actions, the board:

¢ Approved a $392,638 contract for HVAC service with TAC Americas.

¢ Accepted the bid of $26 by Gary Pratt for the Durr House. That may seem cheap, but Pratt must pay to have the house moved. The district benefits because the purchase relieves it of the expense of razing or moving the structure.

The contract will be voided if the Durrs have not vacated the premises by Sept. 1. However, the Durr's are not legally bound to be out of the home until Oct 1.

The district and Pratt would have until Sept. 5 to officially void the contract. The home must be moved from the property by Sept. 30

¢ Consented to continue to explore options and involve the community in decision on the site of new central offices.

RSP Associates performed a site analysis of all properties including West Elementary School, the community learning center and Nottingham Elementary School. The analysis found that the CLC was the most favorable location for new central offices.

"There are a number of variables here, but the sense that I get from the board is that we would like to approach this from a community project, not a just a school district project," Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier said. "We want to get the biggest bang for the buck for the taxpayer to provide as many services to this community as possible."

The school district also has looked into the Eudora Library, the historical society or the post office being located at the site. They have discussed the possibilities with the library and historical society, but have not been able to speak with post office officials.

"We think all of those entities have a role in the community and they provide a service, and if we can do a project that enables the community to get the maximum benefit out of those services at the lowest possible cost, that's what we want to accomplish," Grosdidier said.

The Nottingham property also is another high-profile location that could be used by the district after the new elementary school is finished. The property also could be an excellent location for a business.

¢ Will go on record with Douglas County and the City of Eudora to voice their concerns about the possibility of an increase in the speed limit on County Road 1061 in front of the middle and high schools.

The district will do so in order to be part of any future discussions concerning the issue.

¢ Approved the superintendent designee on a revolving basis when the superintendent is unavailable.

¢ Approved the use of the CLC gym, park, grounds and lower hall for Eudorafest.

¢ Approved an e-mailing of board highlights for each meeting to faculty and staff.

¢ Approved a resolution honoring Leo 'Doc' Lauber.

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