Board unanimously votes for inspection changes following child injury at Lawrence school construction site

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Lawrence School Board unanimously decided to allow the city to inspect upcoming school construction projects. The decision comes weeks after a child was injured at a school construction site.

Board members read a statement on Monday night following its unanimous decision and said individual board members wouldn't be making any further comment.

A cell phone video that a neighbor gave FOX 4 shows there was no safety fencing at New York Elementary school in August. Only an orange net.

A little boy was hurt when a gate fell on him at the school. He was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital with serious injuries. Not only did the school board vote unanimously to allow the city to inspect upcoming projects at six of its other school, it passed an amendment ending its contract with Combes Construction.

"We are, therefore, removing the final piece of the New York Elementary school project improving the school's connection in the city sewer from Combes contract. This essentially closes the district’s contract with Combes, except for building the contractor responsible for the punch list and warranty work on completed construction,” school board member Vanessa Sandburn said.

The city now has three private inspection firms it will work with. They'll do a walk through at New York Elementary on Friday. On Tuesday, the inspection issue goes before Lawrence City Council.

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