Archive for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Meeting focuses on new elementary

May 20, 2009

De Soto USD 232’s newest elementary school isn’t slated to open until August 2010, but parents are already looking forward to that date.

Amy Marti, who will have two children attending the school when it opens, was among an estimated 70 people attending an informational meeting about the district’s seventh elementary school. The meeting Thursday was at Mize Elementary School.

“It’s nice,” Marti said of the building’s design. “Everybody will be jealous. All the other buildings look the same; this one is different.”

Officials from Horst Terril & Karst Architects were on hand with floor plans of the school and to answer any questions about the structure of the building.

Marlice Hoelting’s three children will attend the new school.

“I like how all the classrooms have outside door access,” she said.

Marti said the activity rooms would be put to good use.

“The kids will like it,” she said. “So will the PTA and other groups that use the school.”

Both Marti and Hoelting said their children would have the ability to ride their bikes to the new school, something students cannot do at Mize, where they currently attend.

“All the other schools have routes, but Mize doesn’t,” Marti said. “Mize doesn’t have sidewalks or crossing guards, so they can’t ride their bikes or walk home alone.”

The new school, to be built near 58th and Belmont in Shawnee, was part of the $75 million bond issue passed by patron in the November election.

During Monday’s USD 232 Board of Education meeting, members further moved along progress on the new elementary. The board approved the sale of $25 million in general obligation school bonds at an interest rate of 4.14 percent to Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

The board also approved the low bids on the elementary’s site package. The package included earthwork, utilities, asphalt and landscaping totaling $1.4 million.

The remainder of the project will go out for bid in June with those bids presented to the board in July.

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