Finding common ground

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March 13, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Shane Strope, second from left, a hydrogeologist with Terracon, discusses soil remediation at a community forum Tuesday. Also attending the event were, from left, Rudy Manes, of Prairie Fire Development in Ottawa, Joe Dom of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Doug Tressler, director of the ANW Special Education Cooperative, and Steve Parsons, interim USD 413 superintendent of schools in Chanute.

Despite a plethora of statistics, nothing could keep down the emotion and energy Tuesday night in a wide-ranging discussion about the April 2 school bond issue.

About 125 local residents battled torrential rains to attend the forum, A Conversation on our Schools and Their Future, at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center and sponsored by The Iola Register.

Even more significant were the more than 1,500 views of the event that was live-streamed on Facebook.

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