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Letter to the editor: Support schools

April 14, 2017

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To the editor:

Our public schools educate our future leaders, business owners, service providers and professional advisers. A healthy community and economy thrives on quality public schools.

We strongly support the school bond that invests in the facilities master plan. This bond addresses targeted needs at each one of our high schools and middle schools. This community investment will bring these facilities into a 21st century learning environment, address overcrowding at our high schools, build adequate high school classroom capacity for the next 15 years, upgrade lighting and HVAC utilities, returning future savings, and design library and media centers for vibrant learning environments. The Lawrence College and Career Center will gain a culinary arts program. This bond will achieve greater equity across the district, improve the quality of our student’s learning environment and significantly enhance safety. Our community gains all these benefits by returning your property tax rate to approximately what it was one year ago.

Comments

Pete Kennamore 7 months, 1 week ago

You must pay more! For God's sake its for the children.

Marilyn Hull 7 months, 1 week ago

The taxes we pay cover the costs of operating schools and doing some routine repairs. They do not cover the costs of major renovations and upgrades.

Richard Heckler 7 months, 1 week ago

If anyone believes the Kansas conservatives( I did not say republicans) have given up on their private agenda to defund and dismantle public education guess again.

Killing public education is a mandate coming from the anti American Legislative Exchange Council aka ALEC. The big profiteer vultures are still circling over their prey.

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

I say taxpayers in USD497 should be thankful for a BOE that steps up to make use of our existing resources as opposed to demolishing our taxpayer owned facilities.

Taxpayers should thankful for a BOE that has taken the initiative to actually extend the life of taxpayer owned facilities. As opposed to a BOE that wanted to tear down taxpayer buildings then build giant new buildings at taxpayer expense that would facilitate a less than desirable learning experience.

Good job USD 497 BOE! REHAB AND REUSE is fiscally responsible!

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