Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Basehor woman to head school campaign

September 8, 2005

Wynne Coleman, a Basehor resident and new powerbroker in the campaign to promote the Basehor-Linwood school district bond issue, hasn't lived in the area long and doesn't have children yet in school.

She's supporting the $22.9 million bond issue anyway. In fact, she's doing more than just backing the proposal. She's leading the charge to have it approved.

"I just knew that I wanted to really get involved," said Coleman, a resident of the Falcon Lakes development whose children are 3 and 4 years old. She added, "I want to have a feeling for what's going on before they get into school."

Last Thursday, Coleman was named chairman of the bond issue committee, which is comprised of approximately 40 members and is pledged with promoting and garnering public support for the new school construction measure.

Coleman, whose employment background includes work in advertising, sales and management, has never before spearheaded a campaign, but district officials seem confident in her abilities.

Basehor-Linwood school Superintendent Jill Hackett said Coleman has impressed district officials and is a good fit to lead the bond issue committee.

"We appreciate the energy and leadership she has already begun to provide," Hackett said.

She said the bond issue plan addresses the needs of the community.

"It's time," she said. "People are saying it's time. The growth is here. ... This is going to address all of our needs. I think it (offers) the best of everything that's needed."

Voters will decide the bond issue Nov. 1. The measure would pay for renovations and improvements at every school in the district -- except Basehor-Linwood High School -- and construction of a new elementary school on 15 acres west of the high school.

On Sept. 20, the committee will officially kick off the bond issue campaign during a barbecue at the high school.

The bond issue committee is still seeking volunteers -- and public comment. Anyone interested may contact Coleman via e-mail at www.wynne_coleman@yahoo.com.

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