By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
The USD No. 480 Board of Education has several items under new business on the agenda when it neets this evening at 6:30. First, they will discuss and then take action on the schematic design phase for the new schools.
The DLR group, in a letter to Superintendent Paul Larkin prefacing the design submission, noted, “The schematic design phase presents an overview of the building design, the building spaces, and their relationships to the total building. Adjacencies are defined, and the preliminary floor plan is complete. The overall structural, mechanical, and electrical issues have been outlined and addressed in general terms. The site development plan shows all the roads, paved spaces, parking, drop-off areas and bus loops.”
All elementary school prototypes and both middle school prototypes share the same schematic designs, according to the agenda.
The school board will have to decide whether or not to approve the presented designs.
Another important item on the agenda involves the architect contract for the bond project. The DLR Group has updated some of the compensation fees in their contract, so the board will be asked to approve the revision to the contract.
“This amendment sets the lump sum fees for three of the bond projects,” Amendment No. 003 stated. “The fees will be set temporarily based on the bond referendum construction cost estimates.”
If the board approves the amendment, the lump sum fees for the schools will be as follows:
• Western Middle School – 5 percent of construction costs (current estimate is $1,095,539)
• Pine Street Site Middle School – 5.5 percent (est. $1,205,093)
• Pine Street Site Elementary School – 5.5 percent (est. $868,093)
• MacArthur Elementary School – 5 percent (est. $789,175)
• Smith Site Elementary School – 5 percent (est. $789,175)
• Cottonwood Elementary School – 7 percent (est. $89,762)
• Sunflower Elementary School – 7 percent (est. $88,515)
• Liberal High School – 7.599127616 percent (est. $315,504).
The estimates will be adjusted as construction progresses and the total project costs change.
The last item under new business is Resolution 6-23-14. The resolution concerns the condemning of certain real property, according to the agenda.
The resolution states the school board “has found it necessary to acquire for school purposes certain real property consisting of approximately 15 acres located in Doll Addition ‘Holiday Estates’ Addition and the Replat of Blocks Ten and Eleven, Doll Addition, ‘Holiday Estates’... within the boundaries of Unified School District No. 480.”
To acquire the land, the school board must approve a licensed land surveyor they deem is “competent to make a survey and description of the real property and the interest to be condemned.”
Once action is taken on all items of new business, the board will open up for board comments and have an executive session before adjournment.