Archive for Wednesday, November 6, 2002

School Board kicks off bond issue campaign

November 6, 2002

The Basehor-Linwood School District has officially kicked off its campaign to get a $29.9 million bond issue approved by voters in January.

During an open meeting Monday, Nov.4, at Basehor-Linwood High School, School Board members, district officials, architects and financial advisers met with residents interested in campaigning for the bond issue.

On Jan. 21, Basehor and Linwood voters will decide on the bond issue, which would fund the construction of a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and renovations to Linwood, Glenwood and Basehor elementary schools.

Approximately 35 to 40 residents have volunteered for the campaign and four committees were developed during the meeting.

The committees and their duties are:

A steering committee that will oversee the volunteer campaign efforts.

"Basically, the campaign will be run from the steering committee," said Don Swartz, school district director of operations. "What their assignment is is to meet once a week to coordinate what's going with the other committees."

A speaker's bureau that will be responsible for presenting the bond issue to civic groups or other organizations.

"They'll be available to any group of people," Swartz said.

A finance committee that will raise funds for a "vote yes" campaign. School district funds cannot be used for promoting the bond issue so the finance committee will raise money for things such as brochures and fliers, school officials said.

A publicity committee to make signs, brochures and televise advertisements on channel 39.

A "vote yes" committee to facilitate voter registration, call potential voters and give rides to and from the polls.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the committee can call the school district office at (913) 724-1396 for more information.

In other school district news, School Board members met with the Linwood City Council Monday, Nov. 4, for an informational meeting concerning the bond issue and area growth.

"The purpose of the meeting was to establish an ongoing link with the City Council," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.

Last month, School Board members and the Basehor City Council met for a similar meeting. The meetings were scheduled to swap information concerning the cities and school district regarding area growth.

"We need to have a collaborative plan or we will be duplicating efforts or walk on each other's toes," Cormack said.

"There was a commitment on the part of the city council and the board of education to meet regularly," Cormack said. The two sides hope to meet three to four times a year.

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