Archive for Thursday, February 21, 2008

USD 491 to appraise key district properties

February 21, 2008

The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education has agreed to seek a consultant's help before determining the future of three key properties.

The board agreed to retain Overland Park-based planning firm RSP and Associates to appraise and make other evaluations of such properties as Nottingham Elementary School, Laws Field and the Community Learning Center. The three properties eventually will be replaced by projects in the $45 million bond issue district voters approved in November.

When the board began discussion about the future of Nottingham Elementary School, Laws Field and the Community Learning Center, it was thought that each property would be discussed individually. However, the board soon came to the conclusion that the need for a district operations center is the issue that will most affect what is done with those properties.

"The primary purpose would be to help us with the location of an operation center," Eudora Superintendent Marty Kobza said. "As we look down the road and we look at these different pieces of property, we know that we want to use one of our existing properties for an operations center and bus barn."

Board members also agreed contracting with RSP would offer a more objective look at the properties that have emotional ties to the board and the community.

RSP has worked with the district before, selecting the building site for the new elementary school, doing growth projections and drawing new attendance boundaries.

In other actions, the board:

¢ Approved the offering for sale of general obligation school building bonds totaling $11,215,000.

¢ Reached a consensus on a new administrative structure to go into effect after the expansion of district facilities. The structure is contingent on budget because of two additional positions - instructional and technological coaches - that would be added to each building.

¢ Approved March 27 as the date for groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Eudora Elementary School.

¢Approved opening an assistant principal position for Eudora Elementary School. The district would like to have a candidate hired one year in advance of the school's opening, which will be fall 2009.

"Historically, the district has promoted people from within," Kobza said. "I would anticipate that we'll have several internal candidates."

The assistant principal at the new elementary school will oversee three of the five grades at the school.

¢Approved the position of contractor consultant. In previous meetings, this position was referred to as an owner's representative.

The contractor consultant would be hired as an independent contractor and paid using money from the school bond. The consultant will not be given benefits.

There also would be the option of keeping the individual on after all new construction has occurred because it would allow staff members to do the job they were originally hired to do.

¢ Tabled until the next meeting a decision on allowing high school students to participate in two sports during the same season.

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