LASD releases agenda for special meeting

November 27, 2018

The Ludington Area School District’s board of education will meet in a special session at 6 p.m. Monday at the district’s administration building to consider a resolution to move along the process of developing a bond proposal and to discuss the cost threshold and bond and construction phasing plan.

In notes to the board by Superintendent Jason Kennedy, Kennedy notes the district would build a new pre-kindergarten through fifth grade building on the northwest corner of the Outcalt Property near the intersection of Jebavy Drive and Bryant Road. New additions and renovations would be done at the middle school and high school with the retention of the auditorium and pool, but with renovations and upgrades. The district would improve its transportation center and athletic facilities.

Kennedy is recommending that the cost not exceed $101 million. He notes the cost will allow for items to be bought “such as the purchase of a new piano, new greenhouse or other items such as these that come up through the development phase once we begin working with teachers and stakeholder groups during the development phase.”

Kennedy said the board approve a plan that allows for construction to happen in 2019 and 2022 instead of 2019 and 2023.

“This will eliminate the gap year between projects being constructed,” Kennedy wrote to the board, “while also allowing for the bond to fall off two years earlier than under the 2019 and 2023 phasing scenario.”

The bond is projected to be before voters in May 2019.

Kennedy is recommending all of those items to be approved at the meeting.

The board will also consider allowing the Science Department to take a trip to Alaska in 2020. Kennedy notes that if the board approves the trip in November, and not wait until December, an additional $1,000 in student scholarship money is provided to the district for student use by the travel company.

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