District’s openness on bond issue commendable
After careful preparation, officials with Eudora USD 491 allowed that the district would likely advance a bond referendum in four years. The revelation came at the latest in a series of meetings district officials conducted with residents and planning consultants.
That Eudora will need more classrooms shouldn't be a surprise to any marginally observant residents. One has only to imagine what the city looked like four years ago to visualize the probable need. Whole neighborhoods of young families have transformed the landscape to the south and the east from pastures to a jungle of rooftops.
As wonderful as the new high school is and as welcome was the flexibility it gave the district to reshuffle student populations in its other schools, the new school couldn't be expected to provide long-term relief to the pressure of relentless growth. It must be remembered the district is operating the same number of schools this year as last.
Establishing the proportions of the coming crunch and the consequences of inaction (the elimination of space-consuming programs and increasing in class sizes), the district has introduced the likely need for a bond issue to the community in four years. District officials shouldn't and probably won't allow it to just simmer on that level of awareness. The sound policy is to keep honing the message and start fleshing out a plan as demands give a clearer picture of needs.
Four years is obviously fair warning. We encourage district officials to continue on the path of open communication and community involvement as the process goes forward.