Archive for Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Letter: Board thankful

April 9, 2003

To the Editor:

The USD 458 Board of Education would like to thank the district patrons who supported the bond, particularly the many volunteers who worked so hard and tirelessly getting the bond information out to everyone. We greatly appreciate your commitment to the children and their education.

The school board had a fiduciary obligation to make sure the public understood what was at stake, that's why it put the bond on the April ballot. There was no time to study and make modifications to it after the January election because of legal requirements and deadlines. The April election was the only other time, by state law, that the bond could be brought back to the voters this year.

The growth is here, that's reality. New students continue to enroll. Since March 24, 15 new students have enrolled in the district -- at Basehor Elementary and Glenwood Ridge Elementary. Glenwood Ridge is now four students over capacity.

The school board must look at alternatives and tough decisions will have to be made. We will do our best to try to limit adverse effects on students' education. We have a constitutional responsibility to the children and the state to provide schools and education.

We will start exploring those alternatives in the board meeting on April 14. We invite patrons to attend the meeting or watch the broadcast on Channel 39. Then call us with your questions, concerns and suggestions.

USD 458 Board of Education

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