When they met Wednesday, the Leavenworth Board of Education members approved the sale of $36.76 million worth of general obligation bonds.

When they met Wednesday, the Leavenworth Board of Education members approved the sale of $36.76 million worth of general obligation bonds.

The bond sale comes after voters approved a bond issue last month.

Kevin Gullett, chief financial officer for the Leavenworth Board of Education, said the district will be paying the debt from the bonds with an interest rate of 3.6 percent.

"They will be paid off in 20 years," he said.

Gullett said the bond sale took place July 10. But the sale did not become final until board members voted Wednesday to approve a resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds.

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 School will be converted into an early childhood center for the district’s prekindergarten and kindergarten classes. Improvements are planned at other school buildings including a new security entrance at Leavenworth High School.

During Tuesday's meeting, board members approved a change to a policy concerning purchasing authority.

With the change, Superintendent Mike Roth and Gullett have the authority to execute contracts on behalf of the district for amounts of up to $20,000. Previously, district officials could approve contracts for up to only $10,000 without seeking approval from the board.

Gullett said the change was requested because of upcoming construction projects that will result from the bond issue.

Without the change in purchasing authority, Gullett said the board would need to call special meetings to approve various contracts.

"This is authority that will give us flexibility," he said.

Gullett said the purchases that he and the superintendent authorize under the new purchasing authority will be reported to the board.

Board member Loyal Torkelson asked if the purchasing authority will revert back to the $10,000 limit once the construction projects are completed.

"That will be up to the board," Gullett said.

Gullett said board members could approve a sunset for the increased purchasing authority. He recommended a sunset date of June 30, 2022.

Board members approved the change to the policy with the sunset date recommended by Gullett.

Wednesday's meeting also was an annual reorganization meeting for the school board.

Board members re-elected Mike Carney to the position of board president. The vote was 5-1 with Torkelson voting against the motion. Board member Jose Morales was absent at the time of the vote but he arrived later.

Board member John Goodman nominated Carney to serve another year as president.

Torkelson said he wanted to nominate board member Nancy Klemp for the position of president.

"I don't have time for that," Klemp said.

Klemp said the upcoming school year will be a busy one.

Doug Darling, who had been serving as vice president, nominated board member Alisa Murphy to take over that position.

The nomination of Murphy as vice president was approved 6-0.

Board members also voted to change their meeting schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

Board members have been meeting the third Wednesday of each month. But they will start meeting the second Monday of each month.

Despite the change, next month's regular meeting of the board will take place Aug. 22 because of a planned public hearing for the 2018-2019 budget.

Board members also scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 6 to review a proposed 2018-2019 budget.

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