Five local unions announced their support for the Wichita Public Schools’ bond issue on Monday. United Teachers of Wichita, The Labor Federation, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, IBEW Local 271, and the Service Employees International Union say the Yes 4 Kids initiative will be a great investment for jobs in Wichita, keep the city strong and vibrant, and create better schools that will produce a well-prepared workforce of the future.
"Our school district has been making great progress in student achievement and an increased graduation rate over the last few years,” UTW President Paul Babich said. “For this progress to continue, it is critical to pass the 2008 school bond issue.”
Babich continued, “Approving this bond means relief for overcrowded schools, replacement of some antiquated facilities like Dodge on the west side and Isely in the north central part of Wichita. This bond will bring safe rooms to all of our schools and will update our fine arts and athletic facilities. And, the bond will spend ten million dollars on technology education, helping make our students better prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. Our children deserve no less.”
Harold Schlechtweg, Business Agent/Organizer with the local SEIU said that our future workforce deserves a fair opportunity.
“Wichita's workforce of the future is going to be educated in our schools,” Schlechtweg said. “The schools need to be ready with reasonable class sizes and safe and up-to-date facilities. The students in Wichita Public Schools deserve the same chance for a successful future as do their peers in the suburban school districts."