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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing board names project manager, pursues annexation

  • The Lansing Board of Education approved two measures Monday connected to the multi-million-dollar construction project approved by voters in November.
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  • The Lansing Board of Education approved two measures Monday connected to the multi-million-dollar construction project approved by voters in November.
    The first concerned the method by which the construction of the new high school and athletic facilities and the renovation of the current high school into a new middle school would be overseen. Several months ago, the board reviewed three such methods ― general contractor, construction manager or construction manager at-risk ― eventually authorizing the manager at-risk method because of the protection it offered the district.
    Following that, School Superintendent Randy Bagby said the district advertised and received seven proposals for the work, including from large Kansas City area firms Crossland and J.E. Dunn. The best three as determined by a committee, he said, were brought in for interviews.
    “Out of the seven there wasn't one that couldn't have built this building,” he said.
    Still, Bagby said he also checked with other districts on the quality of previous projects.
    “What I look for are patterns,” he said, adding that isolated, minor complaints are common.
    The board approved McPherson Contractors of Topeka, Kan., to serve as the projects construction manager at-risk.
    Bagby also recommended that the board approve and send forward a resolution for voluntary annexation of the new high school property, off 147th Street near the Rock Creek Subdivision.
    “One of the issues that we have is wastewater,” he said.
    The site for the new school does not currently have a sewer connection, and Bagby said he would not recommend building a lagoon for the school because of  the potential for future development nearby.
    With the resolution, the district would also begin talking to Rural Water District No. 8, not LanDel Water District that serves Lansing.
    “The way the rules are, that's their territory, so they in turn would have to voluntarily allow LanDel to assume that, if they decide they can't meet those water needs.”
    Bagby said the district has been talking to the city of Lansing about working together on other needed improvements at the site since the bond issue passed.
    “They've been very helpful in terms of design and potential trails and we're really excited to work with them,” he said.
    The board approved the resolution.

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