TODAY'S QUESTION: What concerns do you have about the proposed $120 million school bond issue?

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 2:10 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 1, 2010

COLUMBIA — Leaders in Columbia Public Schools say it's the best time to build schools, but budget cuts in the past year have some community members concerned about how these buildings will be funded later.

The Columbia School Board voted unanimously to put the $120 million school bond issue on the April 6 ballot, which proposes a $138 million plan for new construction, renovations and technology improvements, including $18 million from the 2007 bond issue.

Debate about the bond issue comes from two sides: if the bond issue passes and if it doesn't. If it passes, concerns from the community include future funding and staffing of proposed new schools and possible losses of current programs. If it doesn't pass, concerns from the community include overcrowding in schools, funding for maintenance of current facilities and missing out on a good economic climate in which to build.

What concerns do you have about the proposed $120 million school bond issue? Are they based on the bond issue's passage or failure to pass?



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