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Jeff Garretson - February 19, 2014 1:09 pm

File Photo USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall

USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall is inviting the public to a community meeting tonight at the District Office at 1511 Gypsum.

Hall, stopped into the KSAL Morning News Wednesday with a look at some of the issues and numbers associated with the upcoming bond issue this spring. A meeting open to the public will begin at 6:30pm Wednesday night at the District Office at 1511 Gypsum.

Back in December of 2013 the 305 Board of Education approved a resolution to place a $110.7 million bond issue on the April 8, 2014 mail-in ballot.

Hall tells KSAL News, “A lot of folks say just tell me how much is it going to increase my taxes,” he said. “For the owner of a home valued at $100,000 it will increase their taxes at $4.50 a month.”

“From a financial standpoint it seems very doable,” he added.

The mail-in election would address district needs including safety and security, all-day kindergarten, career and technical education and improvements at both high schools, plus storm shelters at all the schools.

Prior to the election, a ballot will be sent to all registered voters who live within the school district boundaries. March 7th is the deadline to register and receive a ballot by mail.

Total Potential Bond Cost Overview:
· Total elementary project costs: $25,841,160
· Total middle school project costs: $ 8,148,000
· Total high school project costs: $75,672,115
· Total Other Attendance Centers Project Costs: $ 1,041,000
Total Potential Bond Cost: $ 110,702,275

Iggy P Daily

February 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I attended and it was a big waste of time and did not change my NO vote. Hall talks out both sides his mouth and gives out information that is partly correct but not totally. My feeling is from a financial point had the school district spent the bond issue money they received some years ago that was not used for what we were told and still has not paid back this bond issue would not be needed. But Hall and the school board spent millions on that complex off broadway for what real reason when all these other expenses were known at the time. I still have not heard an honest answer to exactly where all the money from the previous bond issue went that was to cover elementary, middle and high school projects that never got done. If the school district needs funds then cut their work force by 50% of trades people and people in positions that have little value or used by the students. Seems to me there also seems to be to many assistants for to many positions. Lastly the wage being paid to Hall for no more than he does is outrageous and should be cut back. We all have to tighten our purse strings and so should the Salina school district.

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