Fort Scott School Bond Issue

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 07/21 2014 09:04PM

Updated 07/21 2014 10:14PM

FORT SCOTT, KS.--- "Man, our kids need it. Our kids are counting on us to do this for them. So, we have to get a lot of knowledge out to the voters," said Bob Beckham, Fort Scott Superintendent.
Residents in Fort Scott will vote on a $40 million bond November 4th for the school district, a chance to upgrade district facilities.

"Secure entrances and safe rooms, classrooms are going to get major upgrades with just the finishes in them, and some upgrades at the football stadium with some field turf," said Beckham. 

Fort Scott Superintendent Bob Beckham says with 51% state aid, passing the bond would only cost tax payers with a 80,000 dollar home, $9 a month for 25 years. 

"Our generations opportunity to step up and meet the needs of our students," he said. 

An opportunity that has residents taking sides.

"It would help the town out a lot. And I'm very included in what goes on in the town, too. So yeah, I would, it would definitely help out a lot," said Jeremy Lewis, Fort Scott resident. 

"I hate to come out against it, but, there's when do you say no to the growth that everybody is always asking more of in the technology and the education field," said Jeffrey Locke, Fort Scott resident.

Locke says taxes are already too high in the area. Beckham says if the bond fails, state aid is not guaranteed for a future election.

"The revenue streams that we have to take care of them, won't meet all the needs that we've got at this point. So, it's time to do something major," said Beckham.  

Some of the other features in the bond include a new gymnasium and auditorium remodel at the high school. The school districts only needs a majority vote for the bond to pass.   

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