Keystone ready for move to Ozawkie
by Dennis Sharkey
A move for Keystone Learning Services to Ozawkie is all but done.
Negotiations between the Jefferson County West USD 340 and Keystone board members are over and attorneys are preparing a contract that should be acted on next month.
The move would take Keystone’s main offices to the building in Ozawkie that was the Jefferson West intermediate school until this year when the district closed the building. The John Dewey Learning Academy will also move from Lecompton to Ozawkie.
The target move in date is June 13. Jefferson West will be responsible for getting the building ready, however, Keystone is asking all member districts to help. They are also looking for volunteers to help move.
Keystone will maintain ownership of the building in Oskaloosa but is exploring options for lease. Keystone Director Dr. Tim Marshall said he has spoken with Jefferson County Ambulance and plans on speaking with the Sheriff’s Department and the Guidance Center about the building.
Jefferson West will maintain control of the baseball field on the property and will be responsible for water usage. Marshall said a meter will have to be installed to monitor water usage. The district will have access to the gym for spring baseball practice.
One issue that still needs to be worked out is the location of Keystone’s greenhouse.
Keystone will be responsible for all maintenance on the building that totals about $13,000 a year. Keystone will also pay Jefferson West $9,000 rent to offset the cost of insurance on the building.
Marshall said there will be some costs associated with the move. He said getting the building’s technology set up will be the most expensive item.
Marshall said there may also be some costs to supply the building but those costs will be kept as minimal as possible because they will not know the true operating costs until after the move is complete and they have been in the building for several months.
“We need to keep this as austere as possible,” Marshall said. “There’s things we’re going to want to do. I think we move in, see what the building is going to cost us to run and then make those decisions.”
He gave one example of carpeting in the office area that is being held together with tape. He said they may have to live with the needed repairs.
Marshall also told board members that if Keystone has to access member districts for any catastrophic occurrence, those funds can be paid with the district’s capital improvement funds.
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