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February 26, 2004

Some extremely important gatherings are on the Tonganoxie school district's agenda.

And what is discussed at these upcoming meetings could affect each patron, student, teacher and parent in the local school district.

Starting this week -- on three separate nights -- the school district is hosting community forums.

These meetings are designed to provide information about a proposed school bond issue. The school board has been discussing the possibility of asking voters to approve a $25.6 million bond issue during the general election in November.

These community forums are important opportunities for members of the public -- who either have or haven't been involved up to this point -- to offer an opinion.

The forums will be at 7 p.m. on this Thursday, and again on March 9 and April 5 -- all three in the cafeteria of Tonganoxie Elementary School.

The school district is reaching a crucial crossroads.

School board members soon -- likely after the April 5 community forum -- will decide whether to move forward with a bond issue.

Presently, the school board is leaning toward a proposal under which:

  • A new middle school (for fifth- through eighth-graders) would be constructed on 80 acres the district owns southeast of Pleasant and Washington.
    ¢ The existing elementary school would be converted into a school for kindergartners through fourth-graders.
    ¢ The existing junior and senior high buildings would be renovated into a high school for ninth- through 12th-graders.

If voters are asked to approve a bond issue, they must be informed before they make up their minds.

And it's important that as many voices as possible are heard now.

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