Geary County Schools and Junction City Blue Jay Way agreement remains under budget

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. — As the total development agreement between Geary County Schools and the City of Junction City for construction at the new Junction City High School moves forward, which includes the creation of Blue Jay Way south road, a water main, looped fire protection line, and sanitary sewer main extension, the final district expenses for the project were found to be lower than originally planned.

The original estimation for Blue Jay Way south was $2,194,000, and the final cost issued by the City of Junction City is $1,731,026, a total of $462,974 below budget. Geary County Schools Chief Operations Officer David Wild credits Junction City Manager Allen Dinkel and his team, including Kaw Valley Engineering, for managing the construction of Blue Jay Way south in a cost-effective manner.

“I intend to seek approval from the Board of Education to repurpose the remaining dollars to other needs within the district,” Wild said.

The cost to the district for improvements to Munson Road also appears to be under the original budget. Expenses will be finalized by Geary County Schools in its development agreement with Geary County soon.

For media inquiries, please contact Lindley Lund, marketing and media specialist for Geary County Schools, at lindleylund@usd475.org.