Vehicle purchases also approved

During a special meeting Monday, Leavenworth Board of Education members voted to select a company to serve as the construction manager for projects resulting from a recently approved bond issue.

Board members voted to approve Nabholz, Olathe, for that role.

Last month, voters in the Leavenworth school district approved a $36.7 million bond issue.

The bond issue will pay for the construction of an intermediate center for grades five and six that will be added onto Richard Warren Middle School. Lawson Elementary also will be converted into an early childhood center for prekindergarten and kindergarten students. Improvements also will be made at other schools in the district.

Superintendent Mike Roth said there initially were six applicants for construction manager. This list was narrowed to three companies. A committee then met with representatives of the three finalist companies.

Nabholz was recommended for the construction manager duties based on a scoring system used by the committee members.

The committee included Roth and three board members.

Board member Nancy Klemp questioned how people were selected for the committee.

"I would have liked to have been on that committee," she said.

The school district will be using what is known as a construction manager at-risk system for managing the construction work for the bond issue.

In May, Ron Ferris, business development officer for the Nabholz, visited with board members to review the options for construction delivery methods. Board members voted later that month to use the construction manager at-risk system.

Board members voted 6-0 Monday to approve Nabholz as the construction manager at-risk. Board member Jose Morales was absent.

Roth said having a special meeting Monday to select the construction manager ahead of a July 18 regularly scheduled school board meeting will help the work related to the bond issue stay on pace.

The special meeting was followed by a second special meeting for the approval of vehicle purchases.

According to Chief Financial Officer Kevin Gullett, the district is purchasing two 2018 Chevrolet Trax at a cost of $19,900 each.

The vehicles are being purchased from Henry Martens Chevrolet.

The vehicles will be used for a driver's education program, replacing two 2015 model year vehicles.

One of the older driver's education vehicles was in a crash last week after a driver of another vehicle reportedly ran a stop sign. No one was injured. The driver's education vehicle is considered a total loss.

Roth said both driver's education vehicles are being replaced because "we're trying to keep the vehicles identical to give the kids the same experience."

The other driver's education vehicle that is being replaced will continued to be used by the district as a security vehicle.

Gullett said the district is receiving an insurance payment of $14,800 for the damaged vehicle.

He said the insurance money as well as money made from other older vehicles recently sold from the district's fleet will be used to pay for the two new vehicles. And two old vans district officials were unable to sell will be accepted as trade-ins for the purchase of the new driver's education vehicles.

The school district did not send the Leavenworth Times notice of the second special meeting. But Roth said board members signed a waiver due to the lack of notice about the meeting.

Klemp did not sign the waiver because at least four other board members already had signed it, and she said this was the number of signatures needed. Klemp said she believed the second meeting was important.

Roth said waiting to approve the vehicle purchases until the July 18 meeting would have left the driver's education program with only one vehicle.

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