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Lawrence Chamber endorses school bond proposal

March 1, 2013

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The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors is endorsing a proposed $92.5 million bond issue for the Lawrence school district.

The board voted unanimously earlier this week to support the proposal.

"The Chamber recognizes that investment in our public school system is not only vital for developing a strong sense of community, but it also serves as a critical component in attracting and retaining new business in the region," the board said in a written statement.

The school district is seeking voter approval to issue $92.5 million in new bonds to pay for building upgrades and expansions at the 14 elementary schools, as well as districtwide technology improvements and expansion of the district's career and technical education programs.

Most of the money for building improvements would focus on the six older buildings in east and central Lawrence to bring them up to the same standards as newer buildings in west Lawrence.

"We particularly endorse the school district's commitment to building a workforce development center," the Chamber board said in the statement. "This is an excellent start to bring technical training to Lawrence."

Voters in the Lawrence district will decide on the bond proposal at the April 2 general election.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 1 month ago

It's a shame that Mr. Hancock the writer did not get any interview with the Chamber Board leader or other board members. That indicates to me that they do not want to expose themselves to this wonderful idea of support.

Would anyone on the Chamber step forward and tell us exactly how much net income per month they want retirees to have when they move here? None of the City Commissioners have done so, Mr. Hugh Carter has not, Mr. Hank Booth has not.

Fact is, the retirees are not coming. They are leaving. I just visited with another"retiree' age friend who is hoping to sell their house and leave Lawrence. Another couple just bought a place in AZ for $135,000 with$900 a year property taxes in a tried and true retiree community.

Lawrence won't get it. The Chamber would do well do keep the private employers here as Wilby understands some are getting close to pulling out. The problem is the property taxes on the real estate get paid but the jobs. leave.

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smileydog 1 year, 1 month ago

The Chamber of phonies and fake people has not changed since they endorsed the last bond issue.

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 1 month ago

Its so darn funny to watch the schizophrenic nature of so many in Lawrence. Perfect example are those upset with the Lawrence Chamber supporting the school bond and therefore not willing to vote for the school bond. Of course the reason being the Chamber supports a zero income tax for the state and their ties to the evil Koch brothers. Well I am going to make it all better for you to support the the Lawrence Chamber and the school bond by a highly kept secret from those in Lawrence. The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce isn't a member of the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce. So now you can feel good again to support and vote for this ridiculous school bond and all of the other government tax payer projects that fuel the Lawrence economy. It won't be tax cuts from the Kansas Legislature that crush the people of Lawrence, it will be the crushing debt of our city spending. schizophrenia is a horrible state of mind.

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William Ed 1 year, 1 month ago

The bond looks like a huge pig, it's called a pork barrel. With three perfectly good schools sitting unused, voters are being asked to raise the city's debt by $92.2 million so they can ADD classrooms to other schools? C'mon get real. When you spend $6 Million on one school and four blocks away is a perfectly good facility, one must ask does anyone understand resource management, or is all about, me too?

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 1 month ago

Who are the board members? The article is lacking information.

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none2 1 year, 1 month ago

Isn't it a joke that the Chamber organization wants income taxes at the state level cut to the bare bone, yet want to encourage something that raises property tax?

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 1 month ago

Whybare these facilities constantly needin"upgrades". Like KU theynere left purposely to run down.

How many members on te school board are privately employed ?

Sine The Chamber cannot attract employers, they choose to,spend money.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks like the Chamber got a couple of new memberships from the Leadership in the School system, now they are best buddies. Does not pass the smell test.

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UneasyRider 1 year, 1 month ago

If the Chamber endorsed bond issue, I will now vote against it. It's obviously bad for average taxpayer.

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Currahee 1 year, 1 month ago

There is a fine line between sanity and insanity. I think the school board may have just crossed it. Let's take a look at the total public expenses planned so far that we know about that are major:

$92.5 million for school bonds $50.0 million for the police HQ $25.0 million for the rec center $16.0 million for the new water treatment plant $54.7 million for the new sewage treatment plant

$188 million for all the "improvements"... for a city of 60,000. With a per capita income less than Manhattan, KS.

I mean SERIOUSLY?? You close and consolidate schools for budget and capacity issues and now you're voting to EXPAND??? Insanity...

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 1 month ago

"Lawrence Chamber endorses school bond proposal"

Color me surprised.

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Bigdog66046 1 year, 1 month ago

to bad they put all the loopholes in the bond so the can spend the $ on anything they want instead of what they say. Easy NO vote for me

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toe 1 year, 1 month ago

Our kids are become less educated as our buildings continue to improve.

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Cindy Yulich 1 year, 1 month ago

Good call. Improving schools is an important part of economic development but particularly with the tech ed portion of this bond issue, it makes sense that the Chamber would support the effort.

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gccs14r 1 year, 1 month ago

A Chamber endorsement is the kiss of death for me. There pretty much has to be something wrong with it if they favor it.

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