Archive for Wednesday, May 11, 2005

School board gets look at high school plans

May 11, 2005

School board members got a glimpse of what Tonganoxie High School will look like after construction is complete.

In November, district voters approved a $25.3 million bond for school construction. The construction project includes building a new fifth-grade through eighth-grade middle school on the district's 80 acres, renovating the existing grade school into a kindergarten through fourth-grade school and revamping the junior high and high school into a four year high school.

At a previous meeting, board members had seen the exterior design of the middle school. At Monday night's board meeting Andy Andersen, an architect with the DLR Group, showed board members the designs for the high school.

"Probably at the next board meeting we'll be looking for your approval," Andersen said.

Kris Roberts, construction manager, stressed the importance of keeping the project on budget.

"We do not want to allow anything called scope creep -- the let's do this, let's do that -- if it wasn't in the original plan," Roberts said.

Roberts said she hoped the school and city soon could come to an agreement on what the city is willing to contribute to help provide infrastructure for the middle school.

"It would be great if we could reach an agreement next week with the city," Roberts said. "The sooner the better."

Roberts said bidding for the middle school would be in August, with construction planned to start in September. Bidding would start for the elementary school and high school in August.

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