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Basehor-Linwood surveys test climate for school construction

April 6, 2005

The Basehor-Linwood school district soon will mail surveys to patrons, as officials work to gauge support for a possible bond issue attempt.

The District Advisory Council has identified the need for a $23 million bond issue, which would finance additional elementary school classrooms at existing buildings, as well as a new elementary school.

"This plan represents a long-term commitment on the part of DAC," said Jill Hackett, superintendent of Basehor-Linwood Schools. "I would ask that each person think about all of the facts shared in the survey and honestly share their opinions regarding the $23 million plan. This input will serve as guidance for our next steps."

Since September 2003, the advisory council has worked to come to consensus on a plan.

The $23 million bond option would allow for 1,725 new students. The more costly 2002-03 bond for $29.9 million, which did not pass, would have allowed for 1,303 new students.

"I believe residents understand this community is on the threshold of a population boom," said Hackett. "This plan is an efficient means of creating room for the new students that will come with this boom."

Components of the $23 million bond include:

  • Addition of four rooms at Basehor Elementary, as well as minor remodeling, additional parking and sidewalks and elimination of modular units. (Maximum capacity: 504 students)
  • Addition of six new rooms at Glenwood Ridge Elementary, along with minor remodeling, parking and sidewalks, and a kindergarten playground. (Maximum capacity: 504 students)
  • A new school for kindergartners through fifth-graders -- at a location to be determined. (Maximum capacity: 504 students)
  • Additions at Basehor-Linwood 6-8 Middle School, including new gym and locker rooms, major and minor remodeling, entrance remodeling to improve and control access to the school. Parking, sidewalks, grade and drain, and track and athletics field (football and soccer). (Maximum capacity: 828 students)
  • Addition of 10 classrooms at Linwood Elementary in order to keep a neighborhood elementary school in Linwood. (Maximum capacity: 200 students)

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