When they met Monday, Leavenworth Board of Education members listened to a proposal for constructing a house that would be used for a special education program.

When they met Monday, Leavenworth Board of Education members listened to a proposal for constructing a house that would be used for a special education program.

Board members took no vote on the proposal Monday evening. District officials plan to return to the board in the future with more information.

If built, the house would be utilized by the school district's Quest 1821 program, which provides transitioning services for students, ages 18-21, who have disabilities. The program currently is housed at the Nettie Hartnett Education Center.

Cathy Redelberger, the district's director of special education, said the proposed 1,930 square-foot house would have a universal, or barrier free, design which would make it accessible to people with disabilities.

Superintendent Mike Roth said the house could help the students in the Quest 1821 program transition to independent living.

Redelberger said the house will give students the opportunity to experience hands-on situations related to living in a home such as checking a circuit breaker panel.

"This would be for instructional purposes only," she said.

No one would live in the house.

District officials propose constructing the house on the grounds of the Nettie Hartnett Education Center.

Redelberger provided board members with an estimated cost for the construction of the house of between $212,000 and $240,000. But she said these are not hard numbers.

She said potential partnerships could help offset at least some of the cost through donations of money, labor or materials.

Redelberger proposed breaking ground for the house in the spring of 2020.

The idea of building a house for Quest 1821 was previously pitched to board members in 2017. At that time, board members were presented with designs for homes created by Leavenworth High School students.

One the student's designs has been selected for the project and revised by a local company.

Redelberger said district officials plan to obtain more firm numbers regarding the cost of the project.

"We'll bring back more information to you," Roth said.

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