Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

New bond issue focus of meeting

Officials to discuss $26.7 million proposal

February 9, 2006

Basehor-Linwood officials and members of the District Advisory Council tonight could cement a plan for the future of schools.

The DAC was scheduled to meet at 6:30 tonight at Basehor Elementary School to weigh in on the prospects of a $26.7 million bond issue and a tentative election date of Nov. 1.

Each member of the school board, along with the district's leadership team, was scheduled to attend the meeting.

Last week, school board members and administrators agreed to ask the DAC to endorse a bond issue similar to the one narrowly defeated by voters in November 2005. The bond issue would pay for a new elementary school and improvements to each school in the district, except the high school.

School Superintendent Jill Hackett indicated the goal behind tonight's meeting was to reach consensus on the latest bond issue package.

"Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the leadership team, including the board of education and administrative staff, to make these decisions, but (they) will be much easier if the DAC can move successfully toward consensus and support a plan that will provide space for students in an economically appropriate manner," wrote Hackett, in a letter addressed to each member of the advisory council.

In her letter, Hackett also stressed the importance of agreeing to a plan.

"Timing is obviously critical as our district will only continue to grow," she wrote. "If we are unable to reach a consensus on a plan and get it passed by public vote, the district's leadership team is going to have to make some decisions that will not be easy."

The school board will discuss facilities at a meeting Feb. 13. If the DAC favors the bond issue proposal, the board would vote in March on proposing the question to voters.

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