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Sound Off: Bond presentation

Is it true that on a recent Wednesday, during an early dismissal time, that the staff at Sunflower School and Southwest Middle School attended a meeting about the proposed school district bond issue?

Yes. According to Julie Boyle, the Lawrence school district’s spokeswoman, “bond issue informational presentations are being shared with staff at each school at various times during the contracted duty day.” Boyle said that input from school staff, “has been integral to the Lawrence Board of Education’s bond issue planning process. The district is now responsible for informing staff, and the public, about the specifics of the proposal.” A schedule of public informational presentations is available on the district’s website,


jhawk1998 5 years, 2 months ago

If the teachers want to attend such a session it should be on their own dime, not the taxpayers. we pay them to teach

youngjayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

I assure you that staff had no choice but to attend the meeting. If the meeting was anything like similar meetings in the past, staff was told to support the bond issue or keep quiet about their opinions.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 2 months ago

I promise you the teachers had no say in attending this meeting. Meetings aren't optional and are handed down. Don't blame teachers for this waste of time they are subjected to.

Tim Quest 5 years, 2 months ago

Yeah! Funding schools is for liberal scum!

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 2 months ago

Reduce the school bond to $50 million and build the rec center....problem solved.

ctrowbridge 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh my! That's embarrassing. Julie's name is now correct. Thanks, cheeseburger.

— Caroline Trowbridge, managing editor

youngjayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

Collaboration encompasses anything the district wants it to. Ask any teacher!

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't understand. Shouldn't the school staff be informed about the bond issue and how it will effect their school? And have the opportunity to ask questions?

Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

I was thinking the same thing.

It really isn't any different than any other type of informational meeting that private sector employees have.

formerksteacher 5 years, 2 months ago

Staff was informed of the details specifically as it related to the school where the meeting was held. Dr. Doll clearly told staff to refrain from promoting the issue on school time and even stressed that his handouts used the wording "please vote" as opposed to "vote for the bond to pass". One staff member asked if it was ok to speak out for the bond on Facebook and was told that what she did on her own time is her business, as long as it was not on school time. The overall message was that staff needed to be informed because parents and students would be/are asking questions. I suppose the alternative would be NOT to tell the employees?

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 2 months ago

There are people that will find something wrong with anything. I think it's great that these meetings are taking place.

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