Created: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 CST
Updated: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:14:57 CST
A concerned Hastings group is urging residents to vote for the 21.5 million dollar school bond. The Citizens for Future School Investment Committee are kicking off a support campaign. The bond will be on the primary election ballot on May 13th. Funds would be used in part to renovate the schools.
Organizers say supporting the bond is vital to the community. "$21.5 million sounds like a lot of money and it is a chunk of money, but when you're talking about the number of schools that we can impact, why would we not do it? How could we be able to sustain the level of education we need to provide for our students if we don't improve the environment which they're in?"
Kemnitz, the Committee Chair called the bond issue "fiscally smart" because there is no tax increase for residents. The district will go from 6 to 5 schools, and Morton Elementary will be repurposed into a preschool and district offices.