Archive for Friday, October 21, 2005

Letters to the editor: Reasons to vote yes on bonds; Support for school plan; Bond costs not clear

October 21, 2005

Reasons to vote yes on bonds
To the editor:
It appears to me that the Basehor-Linwood School District is finally beginning to blossom. The board is focused. The administration has been strengthened. Teaching is getting better. And our kids are beginning to emerge and discover they can compete with just about anyone in just about any endeavor.
The changes are so dramatic, it almost seems that they've happened overnight. In a way, it's kind of like looking at your child just before he or she leaves for college or joins the military or gets married or whatever takes them away. All of a sudden they've blossomed, and they don't seem to need you anymore.
It seems like it happened easily... but it didn't, not really. It took a lot of sacrifice. It took a lot of love. And it took a lot of money. And as anyone who has had a child move out also knows, it's going to take a lot more.
In the case of the Basehor-Linwood School District, it's going to take a bond issue. And then down the road, it may even take another one or two. But if you're anything like me, you don't just keeping shelling out more money without performance. When my son left for college, I let him know that either he kept his grades up, or he was on his own. I feel the same way about the school district. Either it performs, or it can do what it wants without my help.
Right now, it's performing at a higher level than it has in the past, and the kids are scoring better on just about every test out there. So I feel like our schools have earned this reward. That's why I'm going to vote yes for the bond issue. You can't build a future without a helping hand. Then it's going to be up to the schools to continue to show me my money was well spent and my belief in them was not wasted.
John Vincent
Bonner Springs

Support for school plan
To the editor:
As our bond issue nears, I continue to hear concern about busing our middle school students to Linwood. In the beginning, that was an issue for me also, as I have a middle school student. However, when I began to think about it logically, I had the following thoughts. My daughter is very happy in the middle school and loves the program.
That alone eliminates my concern about busing. Yet, there are numerous other important facts.
1. A middle school in the middle of the district was soundly defeated twice;
2. To put a middle school in the middle clouds the issue of long range planning, as we will need a second middle school in the future;
3. I know that the school in Linwood is here to stay and someone will need to be bused to fill the building. In my view, this would lead to drastic boundary line changes and the busing of young children, grades K-5.
The current plan was two years in the making and involved patrons from across the district. It solves our immediate needs and the price is right.
Kids 1st on NOVEMBER 1st.
Shannon Powell
Basehor

Bond costs not clear
To the editor:
As I continue to read the numerous articles in the Basehor Sentinel attempting to sell the patrons of the Basehor-Linwood school district on a $22.99 million dollar school bond, I have yet to find any of these articles that give the patrons of the district the true cost of the proposed school bond which is over $40 million dollars. In the back of the Basehor Sentinel on September 15 and 22 was the public notice of the upcoming school bond election, buried near the bottom of this public notice and only included because Kansas Law requires it, the true cost of the bond is revealed. Supporters and proponents of the school bond consistently only inform patrons of the $22.99 million dollars in project costs of the bond and do not inform patrons of the over $17 million dollars of interest payments that must be made, which puts the cost to taxpayers for this school bond at over $40 million dollars! The projected amount of payments for principal and interest on the proposed school bond, based upon a 20-year term, will cost taxpayers over $2 million dollars a year.
Why haven't school board members, who are elected to represent and serve us, given the patrons of this district complete and accurate information as to the true and total cost of the proposed school bond in any of the numerous articles printed in the Basehor Sentinel, why hasn't the superintendent informed patrons of this in the district newsletter? Instead we are given a sixth-grade level sales pitch that attempts to convince us that a $40 million dollar school bond will only cost us pennies a day!
Before patrons in the district make a decision on a $40 million dollar school bond, we should have clear, complete and accurate information. I believe the overwhelming majority of folks in the Basehor-Linwood school district are hardworking, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens that contribute to society. It is sad, that in a district like Basehor-Linwood, we do not have nor can we expect better representation from our school board officials and superintendent than what we have received. It is sad, shameful and certainly true.
Dave Jons
Basehor

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