The Leavenworth Board of Education will have another work session next month to discuss a proposal for a school bond issue.

The Leavenworth Board of Education will have another work session next month to discuss a proposal for a school bond issue.

The work session is scheduled for March 8. Board members scheduled the work session when they met Wednesday.

Last month, board members were presented a proposal for a $42 million bond issue. The proposal calls for the opening of an early education center for prekindergarten and kindergarten classes, an addition to Richard Warren Middle School for fifth- and sixth-grade classes and the closing of Lawson Elementary School.

Board members discussed the proposal during a Feb. 6 work session. During that meeting, board Vice President Doug Darling asked to see cost estimates for converting the Lawson Elementary building into an early education center. Darling also said it would not hurt to look at the potential cost of using a vacant building in the community for the early education center.

Representatives of DLR Group, Overland Park, said they would return with the requested information.

Staff from DLR Group, an architectural and engineering firm, have been assisting the district with the bond proposal.

Leavenworth Superintendent Mike Roth said Wednesday that officials from DLR Group had not yet completed their work.

"DLR is still kind of designing it," he said.

Roth proposed scheduling another work session.

Board members voted 6-1 to schedule the work session for March 8. Board member Jose Morales voted against the motion. Morales said he would be unable to attend a March 8 meeting.

With a work session on March 8, board members will be meeting again the following week for a regular monthly meeting.

Roth suggested board members could make a decision March 16 regarding what they want to do.

If commissioners decide to move forward with a bond issue, the proposal would be put before voters.

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