Leavenworth school officials are adjusting their timeline for a possible bond issue.

Leavenworth school officials are adjusting their timeline for a possible bond issue.

Superintendent Mike Roth previously suggested Leavenworth Board of Education members could vote in December to determine if a bond issue would be put before voters.

Board members met Wednesday for their December meeting. They received an update about efforts to put together a proposal for board members to consider. But no action was taken.

Amber Beverlin with DLR Group said a few more meetings need to take place before a plan can be presented to board members for feedback. DLR Group is an architectural and engineering firm that was hired by the school district to assist with a possible bond issue.

Beverlin said DLR officials have been meeting with groups made up of representatives of the school district and community.

Even though a plan is not yet ready, Beverlin said some priorities have emerged including a focus on kindergarten readiness with an early education center for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. She said such a center would alleviate crowding at elementary schools.

Another priority is adding space at Richard Warren Middle School to allow the creation of a fifth- and sixth-grade center and a seventh- and eighth-grade center within the school.

A third priority is the creation of collaborative learning environments.

No cost estimate associated with these priorities was presented to board members during Wednesday's meeting.

Beverlin said assigning costs to proposed options would be among the next steps in the process.

With bonds from an earlier bond issue scheduled to be paid off soon, Roth has suggested the district could raise between $38 million and $42 million through new bonds without increasing the district's mill levy.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

Roth said Wednesday that a school board vote on a proposal for a bond issue could occur in January or February.

Also Wednesday, board members said farewell to Verna Raines.

Raines is completing her term on the board and stepping down. She did not seek re-election this year.

"I've enjoyed working with everybody and knowing everyone," she said.

Board President Mike Carney said Raines' background in education provided expertise to the school board.

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