To the editor:
The school bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot is a very important question for our community. I would like to tell you why I am going to vote for the bonds, and ask you to join me.
Our community has grown and changed a great deal over the last 20 years, and yet we've built only one new elementary school and no secondary schools during this time. On the one hand that's good, but on the other hand we've developed a critical shortage of classroom space. Many of our children now attend classes in portables and several of our schools are very overcrowded.
A group of 50 citizens have studied the facility needs of our school district for the past year and a half. This group of people considered almost every possibility, and finally came up with the recommendation that is going to be on the Nov. 3 ballot. It is a no-frills package. It provides classrooms at the elementary and junior high levels. It provides for significant renovation at Central Junior High and Lawrence High. Every project in this bond issue is very much needed. It is the best effort of your friends and neighbors to create better classrooms for our students to learn and grow. These are the two reasons I'm going to vote for the bonds:
(1) There is a clear need.
(2) This is a well-thought-out plan, studied and recommended by a group of people I know and respect.
Another reason I support the bond issue is a feeling of responsibility to provide a good educational environment for all our students. These are not my children, they are our children, and I believe the entire community is responsible for the education of its children. I also believe when a community invests in the education of its children, the community is actually investing in its own future.
Very selfishly, I want Lawrence to always be the good place to live that it is now, and has been since my family and I moved here in 1968. I believe a Yes vote for this bond issue is actually a Yes vote for my future. I believe it is a Yes vote for your future.
So, I urge you to join me on Nov. 3 and vote Yes for classrooms for the future of our children, for the future of our community and for us.
Robert C. Johnson,
211 E. Eighth.