School Bond Supporters Call For Vote Delay

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Wichita's school bond battle may have to wait a little longer. The Wichita School board could consider removing the vote from the May ballot.

It's a $350-million bond issue that would pay for new schools, renovations and athletic and arts improvements. The focus of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Education, known as CARE, is to make sure voters pass it in the special election set for May. But could that ballot date change?

CARE is set to meet with the school board on Monday to talk about what it's doing to educate voters about the issue. However, in a news release the group's committee coordinator says, "We believe that a conversation next week is important to discuss whether sufficient time is available to adequately inform Wichita voters on the merits of the bond issue."

Pushing back that vote is just what board chair Connie Dietz expects to come up. "I"m sure there will be quite a few questions Monday evening," she says.

Specifically, just how much the district has already spent getting ready for a May election and how much a vote delay would cause the project's price tag to go up.

Still, board members seem open to the idea of a delay if that's what it would take to get the bond issue passed.

"My whole focus is that this bond issue is very, very serious," says Dietz. "I will do just about anything to ensure this bond issue is passed."

The board will meet at 6:45 p-m Monday night at North High School.


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