Sound Off

Sound Off: I was concerned about the expense of installing automatic watering systems at Prairie Park School when I was there to vote recently. All those thousands of dollars could be put to better use I think for education than on having green grass. What do the schools have to say about this?

School district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said the district installed an irrigation system to water a small area surrounding Prairie Park School’s entrance. In addition to solving a soil erosion problem that had caused mud to wash across sidewalks, this will enable the school to grow and maintain turf and landscaping to improve the appearance of the school’s entrance.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

The question is appropriate. Grass is quite expensive to maintain.

The entrance appearance could have been improved with a very low maintenance Kansas landscape scene that would not require mowing in addition to more water more water more water. And would be far more beautiful than lawn.

Kansas has closed out in a drought for the last 10 years if my memory serves me well. Global Warming is upon us. Increasing water usage makes no dollars and sense. City Hall believes there will always be plenty of water thus a smart way to make money from local consumers.

skinny 5 years, 6 months ago

The school should not be installing sprinlker systems at the schoosl when they are asking for more money from the tax payers!!

Michael Rowland 5 years, 6 months ago

Show of hands, who cares if the school has nice grass?

beeline 5 years, 6 months ago

I care. We paid millions for these buildings and we should maintain them. Pride in the appearance of one's school is important.

kernal 5 years, 6 months ago

Evidently being down graded from exceptional to extreme drought status gives us an excuse to continue as if nothing has changed. I agree with the part about soil separation, but only as it applies to buildings, not sidewalks. Perhaps we should take a look at the type of sidewalks we put in and consider other methods than the old TNT.

bd 5 years, 6 months ago

sprinkler systems sports stadiums, closed schools????????

blogme 5 years, 6 months ago

Mud on the sidewalk? Really? With the amount of rain we have here, that should be a 3-4 time a year problem. Why don't you landscape it so you don't have so much change in elevation and the dirt will stay put on it's own? With the drought we've had the past couple of years, instead of a crop that requires water and infrastructure to support it, landscape it in a way that doesn't require the expensive overhead. Or put the maintenance guys to work 30 minutes every 2-3 weeks running hose and a sprinkler. Wasting money! Now that's education!

FlintHawk 5 years, 6 months ago

How expensive does water have to get before people in this town consider xeriscaping or, at least, water conservation? After a few years back in Kansas, I'm still appalled at the waste of water on irrigation: homeowners running their sprinklers for hours in the hottest part of a summer day, over-watering so there's daily runoff in the street, etc. Sadly, I don't see any policy-makers taking the lead to inform citizens about best practices and/or conservation. It may be that water in this part of the state is a renewable resource, but overuse and stupidity still have consequences. I'm disgusted.

SOONERthanlater 5 years, 6 months ago

Let’s make our schools look like crap. That will make the students proud of their school. But hey, at least all the tree hugging hippies will be happy that the water bill is low!

somedude20 5 years, 6 months ago

Teach them not to judge a book by its cover. Grass, green or brown, is not going to affect how or what the students learn. Maybe if some of the parents cared as much about their kid's education as they do for the grass in front of the school, America might be leading in categories other than being fat and lazy!! FYI, churches don't have to look like a mansion to serve their purpose nor do grocery stores.

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