In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as accepting bids for computer hardware and revising a job description, the board had a full schedule.
During tonight’s meeting, district administrators recommended that board members approve a contract for the sale of Morris Elementary School to an unnamed buyer. Last fall, the board listed the school for 90 days with Block Real Estate. Prior to that time, it had been listed for months with another broker without selling, despite a price reduction. If the school had not sold during the duration of the 90-day contract, the board would have reconsidered the listing. Morris Elementary closed at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year as part of the district’s efforts to balance its budget in the wake of reduced state and federal financial support as well as declining tax revenues. However, the board did not initially plan to sell the building. Rather, the plan was simply to save money on utilities and operational costs.
This evening, board members also considered a revision to the district’s policy on student absences.
The board meeting, which was open to the public, took place in the Board Room of the Administrative Service Center; 800 S. 55th St.; Kansas City, KS 66106. Another board meeting is scheduled this month for Tuesday, March 27.
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