Archive for Thursday, November 1, 2007

Board made effort to craft community bond

November 1, 2007

As we look back through The Eudora News' archives, the first stories about a future bond issue for Eudora USD 491 ran more than three years ago. At that time, district officials spoke of preparing for a bond issue in what then seemed a distant future.
The preparations that followed included multiple opportunities for the public to get involved in the process of crafting the bond issue. The process started with a Community Advisory Committee of about 45 residents who met with district officials last year and early this year. The district then conducted a telephone survey to bounce what it had learned from the committee off a sampling of the district's population.
All this citizen involvement went into the $45 million bond question the board agreed last spring to put before voters Tuesday. That citizen involvement informed the decision to build a new elementary school and where it should be located. It played a part in the decision to build a new stadium while maintaining Laws Field as a public space.
It seems to us that the board's approach has been one of caution and preparation. With modular units at Nottingham Elementary School and Eudora Middle School, it can't be said the board moved too quickly.
We don't think there can be any argument that a building program is needed. The only debate can be whether the one before voters is the right one. In answer to that, we would argue the board clearly made the effort through citizen participation to make that package a community package. We expect and hope that proves to be true when the votes are counted Tuesday.

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