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Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 1990

BOARD TO POLL VOTERS ON SCHOOL NEEDS

November 14, 1990

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The Basehor-Linwood School Board will conduct a telephone poll to determine how area voters feel about various school needs and paying for them.

Supt. Charles Edmonds said the board, at its meeting Monday, authorized the telephone poll to seek information on school construction and capital improvement issues, which voters rejected in a special election on Aug. 30.

"I, personally, had urged the board to seek a response from the public to see what the mood of our voters is," Edmonds said.

He said the board is seeking a 15 percent voter response in the survey, or responses from about 300 of the district's 2,000 registered voters.

Edmonds said poll participants will be chosen at random, and will receive a letter informing them about the poll.

The poll will be conducted by volunteers and secretaries later this month and results will be discussed at a Dec. 3 special meeting of the board.

ON AUG. 30 voters defeated a $5.4 million bond issue that would have paid for construction of a new elementary school, expansion of the district's middle school and renovation of the district's high school.

The bond issue would have increased the district's mill levy by 16.37 mills. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 assessed valuation.

Edmonds said results of the poll may be used to develop alternative ideas for improving the district's schools.

"We will probably ask about six questions," he said. "We want to know if the voters would be willing to support the right bond issue."

IN OTHER action at Monday's meeting, the board:

Approved the purchase of 18 IBM electric typewriters. Edmonds said the typewriters' cost should range from $6,500 to $7,500. The board is taking bids on the typewriters.

Approved the purchase of a new pickup truck to be used for district maintenance. Edmonds said the truck would cost $12,000 to $16,000. The board also is taking bids on the truck.

Authorized Wilson & Co., a Salina architectural and engineering firm, to draw up plans for a proposed chemistry laboratory and a biology laboratory for the high school.

Accepted the resignation of Art Wells as head footbal coach. Wells will continue to coach wrestling and teach science at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Accepted the resignation of Pat Young, central kitchen manager. She will retire at the end of the school year.

Accepted the immediate resignation of Cindy Purtee, aide at Basehor Elementary School.

Held a 15-minute executive session on personnel but took no action.

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