Schools committee ready to go public

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June 21, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Iolan Chuck Apt speaks Tuesday at a steering committee meeting to discuss USD 257 facilities.

Steering committee members tempered their enthusiasm over the decision to go for a new elementary school Tuesday night with the knowledge that getting public approval will be a monumental hurdle.

While the advantages of a new elementary would seem to make the issue a slam-dunk — for both educational purposes as well as economic development — always in the back of members’ minds is the overwhelming failure of the $52 million school bond issue in 2014 and how to avert the same outcome.

Now in their ninth meeting with engineers and architects with Schaefer, Johnson, Cox, Frey of Wichita, a core group of about 20 local citizens have found consensus that needs can best be met by taking small(ish) steps that eventually address the entire district over the course of several years.

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