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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Officials have groundbreaking ceremony for Lansing High School

  • Members of the Lansing Board of Education and other officials had a formal groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon for a new Lansing High School.
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  • Members of the Lansing Board of Education and other officials had a formal groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon for a new Lansing High School.
    "Just to think, in two short years a new institution of learning will stand here to help educate the future politicians, scientists, doctors and leaders of not only Lansing itself but of the state of Kansas and of the United States of America," Richard Totleben said.
    Totleben was asked to speak as as a member of the class of 2016, which is the first class that will graduate at the new building.
    Work already had started at the site of the new school, which is located on 147th Street south of 4-H Road, before Monday's ceremony.
    The 220,000 square-foot high school will be constructed 154-acre site that will include an athletic complex. The building is slated for completion in August 2015.
    The high school and athletic complex are being built as a result of a $73 million bond issue that was passed by voters last year. The bond issue also will pay for improvements at the existing Lansing High School, which will become a middle school.
    "This new building will contribute many things to the students that will learn within it," Totleben said of the new high school.
    He said the school will provide students with updated technology as well as better science labs and athletic facilities. He said the new school also will be more eco-friendly, and it will be a more secure place.
    Joseph Lozenski said he's looking forward to the new athletic facilities and new classrooms.
    Lozenski spoke as a member the class of 2019, which will be the first freshman class in the new school.
    "It will be an honor to be part of the first class that will attend all four years at the high school," he said.
    Lansing school board President Richard Whitlow thanked all the patrons for the trust they've placed in the district.
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