Bond issue campaign needs volunteers
To approve a proposed bond issue, the Basehor-Linwood School District is going to need the public's help, school officials said.
"What you have to do is thoroughly inform the community what and where the need is," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.
"It's that kind of information process that has to occur for a successful campaign," he added.
On Monday, Nov. 4, the Basehor-Linwood School Board will host an open meeting for anyone interested in campaigning for the $29.9 million bond issue.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the library at Basehor-Linwood High School.
On Jan. 21, Basehor and Linwood voters will decide whether to approve the bond issue, which would finance the construction of a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and renovations to Basehor, Linwood and Glenwood Ridge elementary schools.
The new middle school will be located on a 79-acre tract on County Road 2 directly west of Glenwood Ridge.
The volunteers will be divided into committees or groups, and will help spread information about the bond issue, Cormack said.
"They'll do what they need to to get the information out," he said.
Campaign volunteers are all the more important because in a typical campaign incorrect information is spread sometimes confusing voters.
"But so far there hasn't been any cases of that," Cormack said. "The response (to the bond issue) has been good thus far."
By law, school district resources can't be used for campaigning purposes. However, school district research on area growth can be handed out and distributed.
Brochures containing information critical to why the bond issue is necessary will become available at schools in coming weeks. And a video showing crowded schools will also be shown on channel 39, school officials said.