Archive for Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Basehor-Linwood hopes patrons OK $29.99 million bond issue

September 25, 2002

Basehor-Linwood school board members Monday night reached consensus on future building plans for their district, said Cal Cormack, superintendent.

"What they agreed on is that they are going to act on a formal resolution to go for a bond issue," Cormack said.

The amount: $29.99 million.

Board members also agreed on the location for a proposed new middle school, but Cormack said the location would not be made public until next Monday when the board conducts a 7 p.m. meeting at the board office, 2008 North 155th St., Basehor.

The bond issue also would finance expansion and renovation at Basehor Elementary School, expansion at Glenwood Ridge and remodeling and renovation at Linwood Elementary School.

Cormack said an election would be held Jan. 21.

"I think our community understands the extent of growth that we're going to be encountering," Cormack said. "In fact they can see it all around them, so yes, I would say our board is very positive about it and anxious to begin the campaign and talking to the community."

According to the Leavenworth County clerk's office, as of January 2002, there were 6,058 registered voters in the Basehor-Linwood school district.

In an unrelated matter, the Basehor-Linwood School District has reached an agreement with a Basehor couple to purchase 15 acres of land directly west of the high school.

The land was purchased from John and Janice Albertson. The 15 acres cost approximately $135,000, roughly $9,000 an acre.

"It's adjacent to our land which gives us all kinds of options," said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations.

"This land gives us a multitude of things we can use it for," he added.

Yet school officials already have a purpose in mind for the land: construction of new soccer fields and perhaps tennis courts.

No plans have been made for construction of the new soccer fields, school officials said.

Basehor-Linwood High School soccer games are currently played at Wyandotte County Park. The school does not have a tennis team.

The new land will not be used for a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School, official say.

"(The land) was never thought of for the bond issue or any kind of a building to be on there," Swartz said. "All of our thoughts have been geared toward physical education.

"There is absolutely no intention of putting any kind of building that would be inhabited by students on there."

Swartz said the school district has not made any purchase agreements for the new middle school land. Negotiations still continue, Swartz said.

The school district will need at least a 40-acre tract for the new school, and ideally that land would be between Basehor and Linwood, Swartz said.

"We've looked at every piece of land south of 24-40," he said.

Reporter Joshua Roberts contributed to this story.

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