Following voter approval of a $51.6 million bond issue, officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district are moving forward with new school facility projects.

Following voter approval of a $51.6 million bond issue, officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district are moving forward with new school facility projects.

But Superintendent David Howard said construction work probably will not begin until March.

District officials are now in the process of hiring a construction manager.

On Wednesday, district officials reviewed information submitted by construction manager firms in response to a request for qualifications.

“Then we’ll interview probably at least three firms before we make a recommendation to the (school) board,” Howard said.

The Basehor-Linwood Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Oct. 29 to approve a construction manager.

District officials plan to utilize what is known as a construction manager at-risk system for managing the construction work for the bond issue projects.

Voters approved the $51.6 million bond issue in a Sept. 6 mail ballot election.

The school board had proposed a bond issue totaling $57.1 million, but it was split into two parts on the ballot.

Voters approved the first proposition for projects totaling $51.6 million but rejected the second $5.5 million ballot question.

The proposition that was approved calls for the construction of a new early childhood education center, two new elementary schools and improvements to existing facilities.

Howard said the early childhood education center will be located near the Basehor Community Library on land that is currently owned by the city.

The center will house a new fee-based preschool program for 4-year-old children who will be entering kindergarten the following year. An existing special education preschool program will be moved to this site as well.

Howard said the school district’s Parents as Teachers program also may be relocated to the new early childhood education center.

Howard said there also has been discussion about operating a day care at the center. He said the day care would be primarily for children of district employees. But he said it is possible other children could attend the day care if space is available.

“We could potentially open that up to the public if we didn’t have enough staff children to fill those spots,” he said.

He said the day care would be funded through fees charged to the parents who use the program.

Howard said district officials are still looking for locations for the new elementary schools. He said officials hope to build one of the new schools in Basehor and another one east of Linwood Elementary School.

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