Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

District raising Eudora’s school bond awareness

September 13, 2007

To get word out on a $45 million school bond to be put before voters Nov. 6, officials at Eudora USD 491 will do what comes natural ---- teach.

Officials plan a series of meetings with the public to inform them of the ins and outs of the bond issue.

The first meetings will be invitation-only to the neighborhoods surrounding bond projects. It all begins from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday as residents around the site for a proposed elementary school near 10th and Peach streets learn what the project will mean to them.

"We really want to keep the it focused on the people whose properties are directly adjacent to the schools," District Communications Coordinator Kristin Magette said.

The meeting will cover how a proposed first- through fifth-grade building could affect the area.

"Especially with the new site, it's going to be a chance to really go into more depth about what's being proposed of the property and how traffic patterns are going to work," Magette said.

The school's construction is contingent on the passage of the bond.

Eudora Superintendent Marty Kobza will lead a short presentation on the project and open up the floor to questions.

The invitation-only bond meetings will continue Tuesday as residents near Nottingham Elementary School will hear what could happen to the school and Laws Field if Nottingham is no longer used as an attendance center.

Property owners near Eudora West Elementary School will have the opportunity to meet with Kobza Sept. 25.

Should the bond issue pass, the district will turn West Elementary School into a preschool and kindergarten attendance center.

"That building is not going to see a lot of changes other than the type of students," Magette said.

The final neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27 and will focus on the properties near Eudora High School and Eudora Middle School.

In the coming bond, the district plans improvements to both school buildings, including a sixth-grade addition for the middle school and added classroom pods and an auditorium for the high school. The district also plans to build a technical education center and a new stadium on the property should the bond pass.

The district also has several information meetings scheduled for the general public.

"We will be there as long as people are asking questions," Magette said.

Residents will have the opportunity to ride a school bus Sept. 24 to see space issues within the district firsthand.

The district will have another event to inform the public about the bond during a Nov. 1.

Lori Durrant lives on Peach Street, near the proposed school site and is looking for more information before she decides her position on the bond.

"I haven't decided for sure," Durrant said. "I am for new schools, but I'm not sure about putting that new stadium on the project."
More information on the bond referendum can be found on the district's Web site or by calling the district office at 542-4910.

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