Archive for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Letter: Local control

March 12, 2013


To the editor:

As a Journal-World subscriber, I’d like to see more coverage on the school bond issue that will be decided by voters on April 2. Lawrence doesn’t have to sit idle and play victim to decisions from Topeka. We can vote “yes” on the $92.5 million school bond that will not raise our taxes, so we can protect property values, modernize and equalize educational facilities, and support local business by training more electricians, nursing assistants and more via new career training opportunities.

This isn’t just about public school kids or business owners; it’s about everyone, since few of us wire our own homes or are responsible for answering the call light for a friend in the hospital or Lawrence’s many nursing homes. This school bond is about keeping Lawrence thriving — no matter what happens in the rest of the state.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Education pays back and prepares our young people for the future and for hard times as well.

During hard times people have a tendency to investigate ways that can make themselves more marketable. Either by going after a higher degree, going after a different degree, learning a skill through Vo Tech or perhaps starting a new small business.

It all begins at kindergarten through the senior year. An asset that is worth more than any specific dollar value because this investment keeps paying back. Expanding educational opportunities is worth more than any retail strip mall could ever be to the community.

Education expansion should be the primary focus for Lawrence. It is definitely a growth industry that never stops giving back.

"This school bond is about keeping Lawrence thriving — no matter what happens in the rest of the state." Absolutely!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

A new teaching concept is being introduced into USD 497.

Last night at the BOE meeting this new concept was was covered extensively. It provides avenues for students to help each other, allows more advanced students to keep moving forward and provides the time for the instructor more time for those who require additional assistance. It truly empowers the student generally speaking.

According to videos a large number of students are displaying positive reactions to the concept. We found this approach interesting and enlightening.

In general it allows the student to learn at their own pace. This is not a new concept by any means. However bringing it into the public school class rooms is long over due,efficient and exciting.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

Good points, M. We need to create new "one room" school houses. They worked for lots of reasons back in the day and they are now being revisited by modern research on pedagogy and brain development. Mixing the ages again is the next step. Grade levels do not exist except in educator's minds. We invented them after WWII to simplify (not improve) the system when new students flooded the schools. Quit buying books and get everyone a small computer. Learning is continuous and should be paced to accommodate the individual. This is a good baby step towards the new age.

grimpeur 5 years, 2 months ago

Anybody know where we can see a detailed budget and expenditures report for the proposed bond?

How about the final itemized outlays for the previous one? Thanks.

aryastark1984 5 years, 2 months ago

re grimpeur. USD 497 has information about how the bond money will be spent on their website. You can also go to one of the bond information sessions. The next one is tonight, at Hillcrest (7:00, I think).

I am not sure where you would find that information for the previous bond. I am sure that it is available on their website somewhere (not that it is easy to find anything on the website). But, I would also like to point out that the current school board is made up of an entirely different group of people than the boards that administered the last bond. Scott Morgan, Mary Loveland, Rich Minder, Marlene Merrill (and others that I don't remember) are no longer on the board. It is not logical to hold the 7 current members of the board (or the 2 new people running for the board) responsible for screw ups of 7 different people.

George Lippencott 5 years, 2 months ago

I guess that all we peons need know is that there will be no tax increase (this year).

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