Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2005

Campaign committee gearing up

September 1, 2005

The campaign for a $22.9 million bond issue in Basehor-Linwood soon will transfer from the hands of district administrators to those of a volunteer committee organized to promote the school construction question.

"The committee will work at selling the bond issue," Basehor-Linwood superintendent Jill Hackett said. "We will serve as a resource to them."

The bond issue committee, currently comprised of approximately 40 members, will host a training session this evening at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and another session Sept. 14.

Later this month, on Sept. 20, Basehor-Linwood High School will host a bond issue kick-off barbecue.

Those volunteering for the bond issue committee have been divided into different sections such as finance, public relations and a speaker's bureau to promote the ballot question.

Hackett said the bond issue committee represents a cross section of the school district community.

"We felt like it was important we come together as a team and have representation from throughout the community," she said.

The bond issue will go before voters Nov. 1. It's the school district's answer to handling an influx of students coming to the district because of a boom in residential growth in both Basehor and Linwood.

If approved, the bond issue would pay for renovations and improvements at every school in the district -- except Basehor-Linwood High School -- and a new elementary school on 15 acres west of the high school.

While Sept. 20 will signal the official beginning of the bond issue campaign, the date also is significant because the state uses enrollments on that day to determine aid to schools.

The latest information, according to the school district, places the resident student enrollment number at 1,766 students. That's an increase of 46 students from Sept. 20 of last year.

The new enrollment numbers surpass school district expectations. Earlier this year, school officials said they believed the district would see an increase of approximately 25 students.

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