Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Area districts putting school bonds on ballots

June 4, 2008


Two area school boards decided this week to move forward on bond issues to construct new schools.

The De Soto school board will seek approval of up to $72 million in bonds to expand Mill Valley and De Soto high schools and construct a seventh elementary school in the growing district. In addition, the board agreed this week to use $3.5 million from the district's capital outlay fund to expand Starside Elementary School in De Soto and Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee.

Superintendent Sharon Zoellner estimated a $72 million bond issue would mean a property tax increase of about 7.2 mills. The estimated total tax increase for a $100,000 home would be $82.77.

Also on Nov. 4, voters in the Baldwin school district likely will be asked to approve $22.9 million in bonds to finance a new 480-student Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and early childhood center; a new performing arts center, four baseball and softball fields, a practice track and field facility, roof and updated heating and cooling systems at Baldwin Junior High School; and technology and security needs.


avoice 9 years, 10 months ago

It's time to say "no" to all these new buildings going up all the time. I don't know about De Soto, but Baldwin has a perfectly good building they are planning to abandon because they think it's too old and too costly to renovate. Instead, they're going to spend ten times as much to build a new school in an area where they will have to build a road to have access to it. It will be built next to the big mistake they built a few years ago, another elementary school that has not met the needs of the community space-wise, has not had cable or Internet access because it was built in a pasture where there were no services available, and has been unsafe for kids to walk or ride their bikes to (this is why the new building comes complete with a new road). Great forward-thinking, I'd say. Voters of Baldwin City: Just be sure you know what you're getting this time, because you sure were taken to the cleaners on the last elementary school building.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 10 months ago

Say no, DeSoto and Baldwin. Don't let the government take more of your money.

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