Last week, citizens approved a $72 million bond issue, and the board is wasting no time in getting started on building the new schools and athletic facilities and making other improvements promised to voters.
In addition to more routine items on last night’s agenda — such as hearing a treasurer’s report and considering personnel changes — board members heard a report by representatives of the architectural and engineering firm working for the district.
Overland Park-based DLR Group is the firm that will be overseeing building projects to be funded by the sale of newly approved bonds. Those projects include an elementary and a middle school. Estimated cost of these two buildings is slightly more than 65 percent of the proposed bond issue. Gardner-Edgerton plans to spend the rest of the money on a high school athletics addition, technology, improvements to already-existing buildings and land acquisition.
An aggressive building schedule will be necessary, if district administrators plan to open the new schools on time in order to absorb a predicted enrollment increase. According to the schedule, the elementary building is to open in 18 months and the middle school in two years.
The Board of Education meeting, which was open to the public, took place in the District Offices Building; 231 E. Madison St.; Gardner, KS 66030. Their next regular meeting will take place on Monday, March 5.
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