USD 259's School Bond is Debated

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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Both sides of the controversial school bond issue are battled out at the Sedgwick County Extension office tonight.

USD 259 School Board President, Lynn Rodgers, along with fellow bond issue advocate Sarah Olson argue it is critical in terms of children's education this issue is approved on November 4th's ballot.

The five critical needs supporters argue the bond issue will fulfill include:
- Class size reduction
- Building 60 safe room storm shelters
- Upgrade technical education
- Renovate or rebuild aging and unsafe facilities
- Provide equitable facilities in the AAA area

In fulfilling these needs, proponents say student academic achievement will also increase.

Bob Weeks and Helen Cochran argue otherwise. They not only say most schools are not overcrowded or even at capacity, but they their opponents accountability and validity.

Cochran and Weeks say Rodgers and Olson have no evidence proving smaller class sizes, and improved facilities heightens a child's education.

On a flyer distributed by opponents of the school bond, they argue:
- No money is designated toward student achievement
- No Superintendent has been hired
- No money is going to rewarding our best teachers
- The 2000 bond has not yet been paid off

One thing those on both sides of the bond battle do agree on, is student academic achievement is top priority. Whether $370 million dollars needs to be spent is the question.

For more information on what this bond will support, you can visit the USD 259 website www.usd259.com or call 316-973-4515.
To learn more about the bond's opposition, you can log on to their website at www.abetterwaywichita.org.


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