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Kan. Board of Ed leaving its home of 47 years

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas State Board of Education is moving from the Topeka building that has been its home for almost 50 years.

Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said on the board's website the move to the Landon State Office Building is necessary because the lease on the current building is up for renewal, and the agency has outgrown its current space, The Lawrence Journal-World reported (http://bit.ly/1goje7T ).

"I've often referred to our space being so tight that we'd need to add 'bunk cubicles' if we hired anyone else," DeBacker said.

The board was established in 1966 when Kansas voters passed a constitutional amendment putting governance of the state's public school system under the elected State Board of Education. It was also the year the Department of Education moved into the Scott Building in downtown Topeka.

The department and its roughly 250 employees will begin moving in October into the Landon State Office Building, which is just east of the statehouse. The board's first meeting in the headquarters will be Nov. 12-13.