Archive for Thursday, January 17, 2008

School district closes on land

January 17, 2008

Eudora School District USD 491 on Jan. 9 closed on $1.99 million deal for 47-acres where it will build its $27 million elementary school that will house first through fifth grades. The school currently is on schedule to open in fall 2009.

"This is nice," Superintendent of Schools Marty Kobza said. "It's definitely a step in the right direction toward getting this project moving forward."

The new school is the most costly, and arguably the most important facility that will be built as a result of the $45 million school bond that passed Nov. 6. Bathrooms will be added to each classroom at West Elementary, where pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes will be located at a cost of $380,000; new classrooms and a bigger lunch area will be built at Eudora Middle School at a cost of $3 million; a new 750-seat auditorium and new classrooms will be added to Eudora High School at a cost of $7 million; and a new district stadium with a capacity to seat more than 4,000 spectators for events including football, track and soccer will be built on the west side of the high school at a cost of $3 million.

A new Eudora - De Soto Technical Education Center also will be built in order to house all technological programs under one roof. Two buildings will be built for auto collision technology classes and proposed biotechnology and industrial technology programs at a cost of $3 million.

The City of Eudora already has annexed the property, which is located in the area of 10th and Peach Streets. The preliminary plat has been presented and final plat has been turned in and is under review.

It will be formally presented to the Eudora Planning Commission in early February.

Kobza said bid documents currently are being put together and the project most likely will go out to bid in February.

Board members also formally approved the final drawings for the new elementary school at a meeting Thursday.

"We should be ready to break ground March 4," Kobza said.

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