Officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district are working to secure locations for new elementary schools.

Officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district are working to secure locations for new elementary schools.

District officials broke ground last month for an early learning center. But they plan to also construct two elementary schools as part of a $51.6 million bond issue that was approved last year by voters.

During a meeting Monday, members of the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education met behind closed doors in executive session to discuss matters pertaining to the acquisition of property.

Superintendent David Howard said board members took no action Monday as a result of the executive session. But board members could be taking action soon.

“We’re trying to kind of finalize a contract, but we did not have a contract yet,” Howard said.

He said board members may schedule a special meeting in the next week or two to deal with the acquisition of land for a new elementary school in the south part of the district.

At the same time, school officials are negotiating with the city of Basehor to arrange for the purchase of property for an additional elementary school in that city.

Howard attended a work session of the Basehor City Council on Wednesday. He said council members gave a green light for the city administrator to negotiate for the possible sale of 12 acres of ground to the school district.

The 12-acre site under consideration is part of what is intended to be a civic campus in the area of 158th Street and Parallel Road.

The city previously donated land from the civic campus area to the district for the Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center, which is now under construction west of the Basehor Community Library.

City and school officials are now looking at 12 acres to the west of the Early Learning Center to serve as the location for the new elementary school.

“I think the school would fit in well at that site,” Howard said.

City officials had looked at possibly selling a nine-acre lot to the school district for the elementary school. But Howard said he has indicated this lot size would not work.

“It just doesn’t give us enough room to expand in the future,” he said.

While the land for the Early Learning Center was donated to the school district, negotiations for the elementary school property will involve the purchase of the land. Howard said building permit fees also will be part of the negotiation with the city.

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