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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • New Lansing High School slated for 2015 opening

  • A portion of the new Lansing High School is being erected, but Mike Williams said the structure will truly begin taking shape in a few months, as precast concrete walls begin showing up.
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    • School specifics:
      • The new Lansing High School is being constructed on a 154-acre site on 147th Street, south of 4-H Road.

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      School specifics:
      The new Lansing High School is being constructed on a 154-acre site on 147th Street, south of 4-H Road.
      Cost: About $52 million.
      The high school building will encompass about 220,000 square feet.
      The site will include football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, as well as eight tennis courts.
      The high school is scheduled for July 2015 completion.
  • A portion of the new Lansing High School is being erected, but Mike Williams said the structure will truly begin taking shape in a few months, as precast concrete walls begin showing up.
    "It really will start looking like a building," he said.
    Williams is the Lansing school district's director of operations, and he's serving as the district's in-house project manager for the new high school construction.
    The 220,000 square-foot building is being built south of 4-H Road on 147th Street. The construction is part of a $73 million bond voters approved in 2012.
    Lansing Superintendent Randy Bagby said about $52 million from the bond issue is being used for the new high school.
    Site work began in August, and the school is scheduled for completion in July 2015.
    "So far, it's on time and on budget," Bagby said.
    Bagby said the new school will be larger than the current high school and will accommodate growth in student enrollment.
    About 900 students currently attend Lansing High School. The new school will have a capacity for 1,200 students.
    Bagby said the building is designed to allow for easy expansion in the future that could increase capacity to 1,600 students.
    Bagby said the new school will feature what he called "learning stairs," as well as a courtyard, providing different learning environments than can be found in typical classrooms.
    The new school won't have student lockers.
    "They're extremely expensive," Bagby said.
    The superintendent said the inclusion of lockers would equate to $500,000 of lost space. He said the new school will have one-to-one technology in classrooms, and students won't need to store textbooks in lockers.
    He said students will be able to check out spaces where they can secure items.
    The new high school will also have a swimming pool.
    "We have some really good swim teams," Bagby said, but the current high school doesn't have a pool.
    Bagby said he can't find another high school the size of Lansing High School that doesn't have a swimming pool or one nearby that is readily available.
    He said the pool at the new school will benefit the community.
    "This pool is going to be used all year round and not just by the school," he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The new high school is being constructed on a 154-acre site that has been annexed into the city of Lansing.
    Only 80 acres of the site are being developed currently, Williams said.
    In addition to the high school building, the site will feature practice and competitive soccer fields, a football field with artificial turf, a practice football field, a band practice field, two softball fields and a baseball field.
    Bagby said the baseball field will be for practice only. He said there already is a nice baseball field by the current high school.
    If funds are available, the district may build a new competitive baseball field at the new site, he said.
    The new high school also will have eight tennis courts.
    Bagby said the courts will allow the district to host tennis tournaments.
    As part of the bond issue, the building that currently serves as Lansing High School will be converted into a new Lansing Middle School.
    "We're literally going to touch every space in that building," Bagby said.
    As for the current Lansing Middle School, Bagby said district officials plan to eventually use the school as a fourth- and fifth-grade building.
    "All of this is going to postpone the next bond issue significantly in my mind," Bagby said.
    When supporters campaigned for the 2012 bond issue, they told voters passage would result in a 12-mill increase in property taxes. A mill is $1 per $1,000 of a property's assessed value.
    But, Bagby said the bond issue has resulted in only a 9-mill increase for taxpayers.

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