L&T staff report
Bright Futures Liberal, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping children achieve success, has endorsed the school bond proposal that will be on the ballot April 8.
In a press release supporting the bond, Bright Futures stated, “Whether it be shoes on their feet or a roof over their head (adequate space to learn), Bright Futures operates under the belief that when communities invest their time, talent, and treasure in their schools, students are more likely to stay in school through graduation, have a higher degree of self-worth and confidence, and set and reach goals for the future.”
The bond proposal was designed by community members, educators and business leaders in an effort to address the overcrowding as well as the age of the elementary and middle school buildings.
The proposal would replace seven kindergarten-through third grade elementary schools and two seventh through eighth grade middle school facilities with five kindergarten through fifth grade elementary schools and two sixth through eighth middle schools. Three of the elementary schools would be new buildings, and the two intermediates in Liberal, Sunflower and Cottonwood, would be converted to K-5 facilities. South and West would be replaced with two new middle school facilities, and the current West facility would be used as part of the Liberal High School campus to relieve overcrowding there.
The older facilities will be repurposed to serve other needs in the district, many of which are currently taking place in portable buildings.
Bright Futures said that the bond initiative aligns with their organizations overall mission and with community support students “grow up to be better neighbors, quality employees, and impactful leaders in their communities.”
The bond election will take place April 8. Registration deadline is March 18, and advance voting will begin March 29 at the Seward County Clerk’s office.