Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2002

Teenager’s input could benefit EMS committee

February 28, 2002

Eudora Mayor Ron Conner and USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza have appointed a committee to examine possible uses of the current middle school. The building will be vacated once the new high school opens in August 2003 and the middle school moves to the current high school.

Specifically, the committee is charged with making recommendations for the city council and school board's consideration about uses of the building, possible modifications, joint uses of the gym and potential corporate uses of office space. The committee includes representatives from the city council, school district, Eudora Chamber of Commerce, downtown businesses and senior citizens. The commission includes a representative with needed expertise in the person of local architect Kurt von Achen.

It is appropriate the city and school district seek broad community input for the decision. But as admirable as the list of committee members is, we believe one important segment of the community was not represented.

We suggest the city appoint a middle school or high school student to the committee. Much of the discussion concerning both the middle school's use and the future of the city's parks has focused on the lack of recreational opportunities for Eudora's youth. The appointment of a teenager would send a message to Eudora's youth that the community values their opinions while providing the committee with added insight into future uses that would engage our younger population.

What becomes of the building is subject to future discussion. But for now, we hope that discussion begins with the inclusion of the future of Eudora.

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