Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

School board to hear public comment on bond issue

Tonganoxie USD 464 central office.

Tonganoxie USD 464 central office.

June 6, 2012

The Tonganoxie school board meeting Monday will include time for public input on the district’s plans to pursue a bond issue.

At its May meeting, the board directed Superintendent Randy Weseman to explore the possibility of posing another bond question for an upcoming ballot.

Voters soundly defeated another bond issue in April 2011. The $26.9 million plan included expansions to the high school campus as well as improvements to the elementary school and a new intermediate school.

Board members stressed at the May meeting that addressing overcrowding at the elementary school would be the focus of this bond issue. Weseman also mentioned the idea of turning the current elementary school at Fourth and Shawnee streets into district offices and possibly other outside agencies.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie High School library on the THS west campus.

Comments

kansanjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

As weak as this economy remains this bond issue is going to have to wait- we cannot afford it-too many people hurting and out of work! Unemployment rate just went up to 8.2% nationally we need to tighten our belts awhile longer.

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hricane23 1 year, 10 months ago

Ugh. We meet yet again, kansanjayhawk. I'm not going to argue against your Tea Party beliefs of "fiscal responsibility" and "belt tightening", but I want to ask you this... What good does not being willing to spend $10-$15/ month LOCALLY to replace an old, over-crowded, problematic grade school... what good does that do us on a national scale? You want less and less spending. At what point does that start to hurt us when companies look to move to our area? At what point does that hurt us when families look to move to our area? At what point does that hurt us when our children's education is damaged, in comparison to students of other cities, counties, states, countries? Again, I'm not going to argue against fiscal responsibility, but let's try to remember that it means BEING RESPONSIBLE WITH YOUR MONEY. It doesn't mean stop spending it on useful things. I could tighten my belt by not paying any of my bills, but what good's that gonna do when they foreclose on everything? I have a responsibility to pay, and we have a responsibility to put our children in a school that isn't grossly overcrowded, a poor learning environment, and has brown recluse spiders in the quonset hut. If you can't squeeze $10 to $15/mo out of your wallet, hit me up. I'll pay your way.

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Bernie_G 1 year, 10 months ago

Come on Dennis, have you been in our elementary school this century? It is pathetic, falling apart, we have kids in trailers and huts in the back. I'll be surprised if they can use the building for other purposes. Most of it should be torn down. The new addition in the back might be ok but the restrooms are small (for kids) and old.

We can't afford to vote no again. What will it cost? about $20 to $30 dollars more a year? Really Dennis, you're that strapped you can't afford $20 a year?

When the economy eventually gets better then interest rates will rise, inflation, and teacher , administrative, and support staff salaries will also rise. The fed is practically giving money away right now, what are bonds now 2-2.5%. Basehor had a bond renegotiated at just under 1.95%. Labor, contracting, materials, bond rates, and costs in general are at a perfect price to build a new elementary school. It will probably cost between 20 and 25 million this bond. Wait five years when the economy rebounds and it may cost somewhere near 40 or 45 million with an interest rate on that bond at 5-6%.

Back to the first question, if you haven't seen the pathetic, overcrowded elementary school, then you are uninformed. And if you are Dennis, then you really don't understand public administration and municipal management.

What will it be in 5 years when the occupancy goes from 114% to 125% or greater. I moved here three years ago with my family. My son is attending TES. I probably should have moved to Basehor. I'm a tea party conservative in my late 30s, I don't want more taxes, but I know the difference between a want and a need. To ignore a bonafide need, to kick it down the road, is selfish and stupid.

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hricane23 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes. Yes. Yes! This isn't a Republican vs Democrat issue. It isn't a Tea Party vs Elitist issue. It's a TONGANOXIE issue! Thank you for showing me there are more elephants that feel this way than just me!

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hricane23 1 year, 10 months ago

I apologize. That last part about "paying your way" doesn't sound like how I meant it. My point is that there are many people in this community that see the need for a new grade school, and are passionate enough to pay double or more of the property tax increase. Sadly, we can't. I hate to see national political beliefs "trickle down" to local politics. If you want change in Washington, and I believe that's what at the core of the Tea Party movement, then elect officials that will office in Washington! But locally, you simply MUST consider what effect it will have on everything you see on a daily basis. If you don't want growth... if you don't want new people coming to town, paying taxes, shopping at B&J Country Mart, enrolling at Anytime Fitness, eating at Jalapeno's or Bichelmeyer's, and maybe, just maybe, inspiring someone to start up a new business like H Avenue or Elle's or Jalapeno's, well by all means, don't support this.

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