School Bond Issue Heating Up As Election Nears

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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The final push for people supporting and opposing the bond issue is now in the home stretch heading into election day, with both sides saying the decision to delay the vote until November has been a good move.

"We're trying to get the word out, as our sign says, we need to believe in and invest in our kids," said Jeff Davis, a member of the USD 259 School Board.

But, as expected, not everyone agrees.

"These people really need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what they really need, not what they want," said John Stevens, who's against the bond issue.

With just weeks to go until voters give their final decision the $370 million Wichita school bond issue, those on both sides are trying to drive home their points.

"I don't think some of the naysayers have seen our buildings and seen the needs that we have," said Davis.

"Wichita is the largest city in the state and most of the taxes are coming from Wichita to pay for the state, so to me it's joke," said Stevens.

Stevens said he's not against spending money, but said he would like to see the numbers toned down and the money put towards items other than things like upgraded athletics facilities.

"If it was $60 million to fix what were talking about, a new high school, a couple new grade schools, I wouldn't even be involved in talking to folks about how excessive it is," said Stevens.

Those hoping the bond issue comes through say it's going to be key to helping Wichita students stay competitive with everything from upgraded facilities to smaller class sizes.

"It's also about closing the achievement gap and becoming better educated. We need to get smaller class sizes," said Davis.

Whether they're for or against the bond issue, both sides say it's now in the hands of the voters.

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