Seaman Schools District Prepares To Move Forward With Bond Construction


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's Seaman School District is ready to break ground and get building.

USD 345 board members learned at their meeting Monday night what must take place before that happens.

Voters last week approved a $57.5 million bond issue to build a new middle school and additions at several elementary schools. The next step is using feedback from teachers and community members to finalize designs.

USD 345 Communications Director Jeff Zehnder says current conceptual designs are temporary. He says the district didn't want to invest a lot of time and money into permanent plans before knowing for certain whether district patrons would support the project. The bond vote gave them their answer and, Zehnder says, now district officials will ensure the final design is what district patrons want.

Zehnder says the district hopes to complete designs and engineering bids by the end of this year in order to break ground in early 2014. The exact timeline to begin construction is weather permitting.


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