Archive for Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Extension office settling into new digs

May 4, 2010

After three moves during her 20 years with the Leavenworth County Extension Office, Denise Sullivan is hoping this will be the last.

Sullivan, extension office director and family and consumer sciences agent, said the office’s latest move to Lansing had been keeping the extension staff busy.

“Any move is stressful,” Sullivan said. “We’ve had to rethink a lot of things.”

The new office at 613 Holiday Plaza has a simpler, smaller floor plan with two conference rooms and several offices. Sullivan said one of the hardest things to get used to would be the reduced space and absence of an on-site classroom for the office’s programs.

“We were really spoiled at the last office to have that classroom,” she said. “Now we’ll be using the 4-H building, which means bringing materials back and forth.”

Relocation of Leavenworth County’s emergency medical services station created need for the extension office to move from its former location at 500 Eisenhower Rd. The county chose the Eisenhower building, which was home to the extension office and the Leavenworth County Health Department, for its new EMS station. Originally, it seemed all three entities would be able to share space, but budget issues forced the extension office to start shopping for a new building.

It was a parent of one of the extension office’s 4-H students who suggested the office look at the building in Holiday Plaza that had previously been home to the Lansing School District’s central office.

“We talked to the superintendent about the building, and he said they were looking to lease it,” Sullivan said. “We drew up a lease, and here we are.”

To help with the physical move, the same 4-H student organized a group of peers as a 4-H leadership project to load and unload boxes from the former office to the new one.

“It was really good,” Sullivan said of the unexpected movers. “It was a good opportunity for him, too, to use his volunteer skills. The professional movers estimated the students saved us about $1,000.”

Since the March relocation, the extension office has been reaching out to the community to let people know about its new address and phone number. Sullivan said staff had worked tirelessly to bounce back from the move and maintain the same quality services as always.

“We want people to know we’re still here offering research-based education and programs,” she said. “We’ll have a full staff again in June when our new agricultural agent arrives. And with summer starting, we’ll be in full swing again with our 4-H and Master Gardeners.”

The Leavenworth County Extension Office’s new telephone number is (913) 364-5700. For more information, go to


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