Archive for Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Letter to the editor: The board’s perspective

October 12, 2005

To the editor:

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, patrons of the Basehor-Linwood School District will have the opportunity to support a $22.9 million bond issue for our children and our schools.

This plan was developed over the past two years by the District Advisory Council, a group of more than 60 community members from all walks of life. It is an excellent plan that will address the needs of our growing district.

It is fiscally responsible because it allows for the current student capacity to double in size, adding 1,765 more students for $7 million less than the previous bond proposal two years ago. An additional 54 new classrooms will be gained.

The average mill levy for this $22.9 million bond will be only 8 mills. For a district resident with a $100,000 home, the approximate cost of the 8 mills is $7.67 a month. By comparison, in 1997 the mill levy needed to support that $16.9 million bond issue was 16.98 mills. That levy has dropped and is now 7.299 mills, because of the increase in the assessed valuation of our district as a result of the growth.

Our district's assessed valuation per pupil is below the state average. The state will currently assist us by paying 28 percent of the bond -- or $6,437,200 -- plus 28 percent of all the interest.

The entire board of education fully supports this bond issue. This is the right plan and the right time to support our children. It is receiving wide support throughout the entire school district.

We encourage all district patrons to study the facts about this bond issue; then it's important to vote on Nov. 1. The advance-voting ballot is very convenient and easy, if it is difficult to get to the polls. Every vote counts.

Bond information packets are available at the district office, the libraries in Linwood and Basehor, and in each school building. In addition, numerous public meetings are scheduled.

Thank you for supporting our children and our schools.

USD 458 board of education:

Kerry Mueller, Gary Johnson, Pat Jeannin, Randy Cunningham, Danny Dearinger, Dayna Miller and Doug Bittel.

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