Editorial | Mission Valley bond should be an example for 329

Mission Valley (USD 330) passed an $11 million bond issue last week. This bond allows for facility upgrades, new baseball and softball fields, renovation to the agricultural education building and renovations to the track and lighting.

USD 329 is trying to pass a bond issue, too. The WHS old building is falling apart — among our many issues, water has gotten into the art storage room and the ceiling fell apart in places over the summer. The plan is to move all of the schools in the district to Alma, and to expand the existing elementary school. The plan would demolish the current district office to expand the WHS parking lot and build a new district office.

WHS has been in disrepair for years, and yet a bond issue failed in 2020. It’s up to the community to pass bonds. Many people vote against bonds either due to lack of understanding of the bond issue and what it entails or because their kids don’t go to Wabaunsee. If you don’t support the bond because you have questions, ask them! Get all the info before voting. The Charger will cover the bond in the time between now and the election, so feel free to send questions or letters to the editor to whscharger@gmail.com.

For those who oppose the bond issue because your kids don’t go to Wabaunsee, it’s not about your kids. It’s about all of the kids, and making sure everyone has the opportunity to get a decent education in a safe learning environment. If we don’t come up with a solution, maybe some of our kids will just get to enjoy the nice facilities at Mission Valley and Wamego — schools that have passed bond issues recently.

We shouldn’t pass a bond just to keep up with our neighbors, but in this case Mission Valley is demonstrating the right thing to do by investing in its facilities. We hope our community can follow a similar path later this year.

The editorial is the opinion of the Charger staff. Students discuss editorial topics as a group and write an opinion that represents a majority of the staff.

Send letters to the editor to whscharger@gmail.com.

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