Nearly $100,000 in pre-construction services had already been accrued on Jan. 31 when USD 231 voters approved a $72 million dollar bond issue 53 percent to 46 percent, with a less than 42 percent voter turn out.
Had the bond issue failed, the district would not have been responsible for paying for the services, according to Leann Northway, district communications director.
“The school district was responsible for paying for “pre-construction services” only if the bond issue was successful,” Northway said in a written response.
Under a Kansas Open Records Act request to USD 231, invoice # 2464 for $99,852.50 was submitted by Manning Construction Co., Inc. dated Jan. 31, the day the bond passed.
The invoice bills $55,845 for project management, or 657 hours at $85 hour; project principal for 315 hours at $95 per hour; project administration for 23 hours at $45 hour; and projection supervision for 153.5 hours at $85 hour. Detailed information on hours billed is not noted on the invoice, although it does indicate the percent of hours spent on each school.
A purchase order for Manning’s pre-construction services was issued February 22, 2012, and a check for payment was issued March 5, 2012. The construction management contract with Manning Construction was issued without bid.
Prior to the Jan. 31 election, the district purchased property for a new elementary and middle school campus using the district’s capital outlay as collateral, which is allowed under Kansas statute, but is rarely used, according to state department of education officials.

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