Lawrence- The Lawrence Board of Education has hired a new architectural firm to start the process of renovating its existing schools. The members voted unanimously to hire Lawrence firm Gould Evans.
Two task forces have studied proposals to consolidate the schools. In recent years, The East Heights and Early Childhood Family center was closed as was Wakarusa Valley Elementary School.
The board voted to keep remaining schools open and look to pass a bond issue to fund the construction. According to Committee member Keith Diaz Moore, there were three things that set the firm apart from the others. “They understood the importance of reducing operating costs and for school districts that’s important for general fund dollars,” says Moore. He says Gould Evans will also help the school lower the impact on the environment and will assist the school board in the bond campaign.
School officials will immediately begin meeting with the firm to start the pre-bond process.