Construction of multi-use building among recommendations in Baldwin school district administrator facility report
The Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education received a facilities report Monday from district administrators, which recommends another closed school be put on the market and the construction of a multi-use building for district administrative offices and other needs.
In presenting the report to the board, Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the recommendations were for guidance and the board would have the final say on facility decisions. He added that he didn’t expect any decisions Monday but that the board did need to approve a facilities plan before adopting the 2012-2013 capital outlay budget, he said.
To that end, the board scheduled a special meeting to consider the facilities report for 6:30 p.m. May 7.
The report suggested the district get rid of the closed Marion Springs Elementary School through either a sale or donation. The school was closed at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
However, the administrators did not recommend the district sell or donate Vinland Elementary, also closed at the end of the last school year. It was recommended that building be kept as home for high school wrestling and cheerleading programs should the Chapel Street gym be sold. The building also could be used to for as classrooms for an intermediate class level should the district’s enrollment spike, the report said. Vinland Elementary was also recommended to future site of the East Central Kansas Cooperative.
The district has had the complex of buildings on the north side of Chapel Street for sale for more than two years. The complex includes the old primary center, the gymnasium and the old middle school that is now houses district offices. The administrators support selling all the buildings, but noted the old primary center could be donated to the Baldwin City Recreation Commission to house programs currently found at other sites in the district.
The administrators proposed the two metal buildings on the south side of Chapel Street be traded to Baker University for rent consideration of the district’s use of Liston Stadium.
The report also recommended the district raze the vacant house on its Sixth Street Rhuelen property and the Parents as Teachers/bus barn on Quayle Street.
The Rhuelen property was suggested as a possible site for a new multi-use building recommended in the report. The building would be home to district administrative offices, a bus barn, district maintenance and programs relocated through the sale of district property.
Dorathy said the administrators envisioned the multi-use center be a metal building. It was the report’s recommendation the district finance the building through a loan from the capital outlay fund, but he said money from the sale of district property could also be used for the project.
The board also received a preliminary look at the 2013 capital outlay fund. It contained a long list of possible capital expenditures for the 2012-2013 school year.
Dorathy said the board traditionally was given a shorter list of possible capital projects once the district knew how much money would be available in the capital outlay fund.
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