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Redistricting options discussed at LCSD board meeting

— Katie Phillips, assistant superintendent for support services, suggested that the district put out an RFQ. Such a move wouldn’t be binding, but would give the district some options.

“We could shop,” Phillips said. “We don't necessarily have to buy, but at least you have the price.”

The board voted to send out an RFQ. It was expected to be completed by the BOE’s Dec. 17 meeting.

In other business:

The board also discussed the possibility of opening up Wetzel Road Elementary to students while Morgan Road Elementary is under construction next year. Bill Connor of Lend Lease, the property management and construction company heading up the project, said the effort would not only be safer for the kids, but would also generate a cost savings of $800,000 to $900,000 and make after-school activities possible. It would also help speed the completion of construction at MRE.

“We would be moving them within Morgan Road Elementary, hop-scotching around the building and around construction which we did not think was the most ideal situation,” Connor said. We figured this way would be a better environment for learning. There would be less disruption for the students.”

Wetzel Road was closed in 2011. It served as the Liverpool High School FOCUS Academy from 2011-12.

Connor noted that such a move would also enhance bidding process when contractors know they can do construction all at once instead of bit by bit. It could also provide a model for future construction projects.

Rosier was intrigued by the idea.

“It sounds like they'll be some cost savings,” she said. “It sounds like there will be a better teaching environment. It sounds like there'll be some safety and health issues that we can avoid by doing this. It presents a really interesting opportunity for us.”

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