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Board to discuss East Campus study

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will discuss a preliminary report on the Manhattan High School East Campus facility study at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

Gould Evans of Lawrence started the facility analysis after the school board approved it in February.

The board commissioned the analysis in order to look into some of the issues the building has. It removed many potential elements from the MHS East renovation to reduce the cost of the recently completed $97.5 million bond issue for school construction and renovation.

According to the report, the current needs are asbestos removal, roof repairs, relocating the special education classrooms, fixing water leaks and replacing the elevator within the next five years.

When the final analysis report is presented to the board, there will be a facility improvement plan with implementation options and costs. It will include a cost-benefit evaluation for the facility’s life expectancy, and the comparison of new construction to the cost of maintaining the facility for the next 20 years.

The board will vote on carpet and tile replacement at Bergman Elementary, bids for playground surfacing at Eugene Field, Bergman and Marlatt Elementary, and installing “innovations stations” — a dedicated technology teaching space — in libraries at the elementary schools, middle schools and MHS East.

There will also be a salary and wages analysis report from Supt. Bob Shannon and a first reading on developing a new district website.

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