With the passage of a $36.7 million bond issue last week, officials in the Leavenworth school district are moving forward with plans for school construction.

With the passage of a $36.7 million bond issue last week, officials in the Leavenworth school district are moving forward with plans for school construction.

Leavenworth Superintendent Mike Roth said he hopes for a November groundbreaking for a new intermediate center for grades five and six that will be added onto Richard Warren Middle School.

Also as a result of the bond issue, Lawson Elementary School will be converted into an early childhood center for the district’s prekindergarten and kindergarten classes. Improvements also are planned at other school buildings including a new security entrance at Leavenworth High School.

Roth said nothing will change about the current grade configuration at Earl Lawson Elementary School or any of the other elementary schools for at least the next school year.

“Really nothing will happen until after the intermediate center is done as far as any transition of students,” he said.

He said construction of the intermediate center could take about a year.

Mail-in ballots were used for the bond election. The deadline for returning the ballots was Friday.

The bond issue passed by a vote of 2,670 to 1,956.

One of the first major steps for school officials following the passage of the bond issue will be the selection of a company to act as the construction manager.

“A lot of these plans will really start to come together once we have a (construction manager) on board,” Roth said.

He said the construction manager will be able to work with the architectural firm DLR Group, which will be handling the design work for the bond issue projects.

Leavenworth Board of Education members previously have chosen to use what is referred to as a construction manager at-risk system for managing the construction work.

Roth said a committee of representatives of the school district already has screened six applicants for construction manager and selected three to be interviewed. Roth said a larger committee will be meeting with representatives of these three companies next week.

A recommendation for construction manager will be presented to the school board during a special meeting on July 2.

Roth said the process for selling the bonds also is under way. He said district officials are confident the bond issue will not result in a mill levy increase.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

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