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Part 2 of 3-part series: Diminishing Capital Outlay Budget led to USD 353 going to city taxpayers for help

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Thank you for your input. -10 Vote up Vote down VoteNOonSKLBOND · 321 weeks ago Turn the parking lot to grass like at the football field and save over $1million dollars. Report Reply 1 reply · active 321 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down VoteNOonSKLBOND · 321 weeks ago QUIT with the bullying campaign already, I like many others in this town don’t give a rat’s behind what people in Andover think about our facilities. Seems several of you just love using the don’t like button. Let’s see how many we get after your scare tactics campaign is over with. Report Reply 1 reply · active 321 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 321 weeks ago What don’t you get “VoteNOonSKLBOND”??? We need to invest in our future and like it or NOT that means investing in our schools….and the children who will be attending them….and I and MANY others in this town DO give a rat’s behind what other people in other towns think of our facilities…so PLEASE people who are reading this vote YES for the SKLBOND!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down VoteYESonSKLBOND · 321 weeks ago McCue’s hypothetical story at the beginning of this segment is dead on!!! Out of 24 schools in the Pioneer League, Wellington Middle School is the ONLY school without an auxillary gym, and there’s not many that beat us out for having the worst facilities, crater sized potholes in the parking lot, and leaky roof, not to mention, our student athletes don’t get to play for the HOME CROWD because of the lack of gym space. 52% of this bond issue will be paid by the state. Your monthly cost for the bond if you own a $100,000 home is $2.54. What about having pride in our school, our students, our community, and ourselves? Report Reply 1 reply · active 321 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down no new taxes · 321 weeks ago I am tired of being compared to Andover, Goddard, Maize, etc. They do not pay my taxes. USD 353 needs to pay off sone debt before incurring more. Report Reply 2 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down OverTaxed · 321 weeks ago Why should the taxpayers pay to replace a parking lot that is only used by a small group of people, when our tax dollars can’t even fix the streets in town which are just as bad, if not worse, than the WMS parking lot??? Try patching the parking lot like they do the streets. If that’s good enough for the drivers of Wellington, it should be good enough for the teachers and parents at WMS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 321 weeks ago Cue, most people already have a negative impression of Wellington. Justified or not. Some local SALES tax rates. Andover – 7.4% Caldwell – 7.65% Winfield – 7.8% Ark City – 7.9% Wellington – 8.15% Taxed ENOUGH. Cut the “keep up with the Jones'” gym and save 20%. Report Reply 4 replies · active 321 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WW Dixie · 321 weeks ago Pay it now or pay later. I choose to pay now cause later will cost much much more and repairs never go away they get worse. Decrease student enrollment equals decrease funding from the state. Its a sandwich we all don’t want but we all gotta take a bite. Thank You. Report Reply 1 reply · active 321 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 321 weeks ago Your absolutely right its not a high speed area. If you knock your car out of alignment you going to fast. I have said before P.M. goes along way!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Concerned taxpayer · 321 weeks ago $250,000.00 per classroom addition at Kennedy Elementary? Does anyone else think this amount is a bit too much??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington Middle School$168,921 Improve entrance at district office$29,796 $11,557,288 Replace asphalt parking lot at WMS$1,169,617 Roof Replacement Foam Insulation improvements$46,000 Roosevelt Alt. School$77,894 Kennedy Elementary$754,141 Masonry Restoration at Eisenhower, Kennedy$129,030 Eisenhower Elementary$1,540,176 New Storm Shelters & Controlled-Access Entrances Eisenhower Elementary$967,754 $1,215,810 Roosevelt Alt. School$103,270 Roosevelt Alt. School$812,882 Kennedy Elementary$343,019 The background Perhaps, we should back up and examine why the school has leaky roofs, a bad middle school parking lot and no auxiliary middle school gymnasium.Primary reason No. 1: the USD 353 doesn’t have enough money.One of the biggest misconceptions with how schools are financed is comparing books to facilities. The USD 353 Central Office has two budgets, as does every school district in the state: a general fund and a capital outlay fund.The general fund includes the cost of educating children like books, teaching salaries, etc. Capital Outlay pays for buildings, remodeling, vehicles, furniture, lawn equipment, etc.State law prohibits using capital outlay dollars for general fund expenses. Thus, even if a district is strapped for general fund cash; it could still have plenty of money in capital outlay, or vise versa.So if a district builds a new athletic field and yet runs out of paper and pencils; it may not be a matter of prioritizing sports over academics. Rather, it is a school district operating within Kansas school finance laws.Each year the state reimburses a school district like USD 353 based on its full time enrollment. For various reasons too complex to explain here, the state aid per pupil has diminished. Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said for the past six years, Wellington has lost over a million dollars annually since 2008 in the capitol outlay budget which has resulted in a $6 million deficit for the school district.“We had to cut someplace, and we wanted to cut in areas that least affected the students,” Roth said. “Unfortunately, those cuts came in items such as roof repair, not replacing air conditioners and heating units in elementary schools and so on. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s tell a hypothetical story. Say there’s this parent from Andover. We’ll call him George Washington, since this bond issue if passed will cost us a few George Washingtons.Let’s say Andover and Wellington will be squaring off in a big eighth grade basketball game at the Wellington Middle School gymnasium. Mr. Washington’s eighth grade son, George, Jr., is a second string basketball player, who usually starts on the Andover B squad. But because Wellington does not have a place for B teams to play, he sits the bench during the A team game.Mr. Washington knows this but goes to the game anyway. On his way through the Wellington Middle School parking lot he hits one of the lot’s mammoth pot holes. Mr. Washington is ticked because he just realigned his wheels the other day at Joe Smo’s Fix-a-Car.While at the game, Wellington has an unseasonably early rainstorm in February. The roof leaks. Mr. Washington gets wet.Chances are when Mr. Washington returns to Andover that night, he will not have a very favorable impression of Wellington.••••••People will react to the fictitious story above differently.  Some will find Mr. Washington’s troubles in Wellington to be rather trivial in the grand scheme of life. Others will have concerns. Still others will wonder how these conditions deteriorated to such a point. Is this the fault of the school district?It’s a philosophical issue for which people will not agree upon. But  the Wellington majority will sort this out a week from today, when they go to the polls next Tuesday. Other Miscellaneous Improvements$24,599 USD 353 2014 BOND ISSUE PROJECTS $3,625,752 Lincoln Elementary$333,287 $1,825,165 New classroom addition at Kennedy Elem.$525,812 Other improvements Old gym improvements (AC, lighting, bleachers)$715,015 Kennedy Elementary$101,682 Wellington High School$175,168 The nuts and bolts of the project So when the bond issue comes to a vote on Tuesday, it will be for $11.56 million — with $3.6 million going to security and safety rooms – the rest going to several different items on a rather lengthy wish list.The bond proposal is small compared to the bond issue of 2001 for which was over $28 million to build a new high school and make other improvements. That is excluding inflation.The line item costs of the $11.56 million bond proposal is as follows: New gym, Lockers, etc. at WMS$2,250,692 Wellington Middle School$450,185 Washington Elementary$140,645 Storm Shelters and controlled accessThis is perhaps the only expense that Wellington High School will incur. Eisenhower and Roosevelt include safety rooms so that is why they are higher. See details of these items in the first part of this series.Upcoming Mechanical Systems Three of the school buildings will be needing to replace their heating/air with new units which equates to $1,83 million. Roof ReplacementThe school district will replace five roofs. The Wellington High School roof is under warranty. Lincoln Elementary does not need to replace the roof.New Classroom additions at Kennedy ElementaryThe new classrooms will replace the portable units at Kennedy, the only building in the USD 353 district that uses portable classrooms in a structure that will be sold.New gymnasium at WMSPerhaps the most controversial item on the proposal. The gymnasium will be located on the east side near the driver’s education classrooms. Some of the east parking lot in the dip area will be replaced.Middle School parking lotThe $1.17 million will replace the pothole laden lot currently being driven on. This pothole was at the south entrance in March.Other improvements include: the WMS gymnasium, masonry restoration at Eisenhower and Kennedy, and various other improvements.•••••Part 3 on the 3-part series will deal with the finances: How much it will cost the taxpayer, the overall tax rates for USD 353 property tax owners, and other financial issues affecting this bond and the overall financial status of the community.Part 1 of this series is here.For more details of each of the line item projects, we urge you to take a look at the video on the USD 353 Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-KS-Public-Schools/1488119981399539Follow us on Twitter. Eisenhower Elementary$445,404last_img

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