Your chance to comment on school bond proposals

Madsen, Linda

Public meetings set in late July, early August

Linda Madsen, District 831 Superintendent

As I’m sure you all know, last May the voters of our school district decided not to approve our school district’s bond request.

Despite our best efforts to reach out to the community and provide information, the majority of voters apparently felt that this bond wasn’t something they could support.

Those in our district who had worked on the proposal – including the members of the facilities task force that created the plan – were obviously very disappointed. Going into election day, it had seemed that there was broad support for the plan, and the responses from parents and others in the community were overwhelmingly positive.

But after the election was over, several came forth with their feelings that, “I would have voted for the bond except for…”, and “I just couldn’t support the bond because of…”

Now that the election is over, and the school board is considering pursuing another bond proposal – possibly as soon as this November – it is our hope that members of the community will come forward and express their thoughts and feelings about what it was that they supported with the last bond proposal and what they did not support, and why.

Our school district will be holding several community meetings to solicit community input about these issues. This will be the chance for members of the public, including parents, students and district staff, to express their thoughts as the board considers a possible second bond proposal.

Meeting Schedule

The schedule for meetings is as follows:

•Columbus Elementary: Monday, July 28 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

•Forest Lake Elementary: Monday, July 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

•Lino Lakes Elementary: Tuesday, July 29 from 5 – 6 p.m.

•Scandia Elementary: Wednesday, July 30 from 6 – 7 p.m.

•Central Montessori Elementary: Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

•Linwood Elementary: Thursday, July 31 from 6 – 7 p.m.

•Forest View Elementary: Monday, Aug. 4 from 6 – 7 p.m.

•Wyoming Elementary: Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

I would like to encourage everyone who has feelings about this issue to step forward now, at a time when changes can be made and concerns can be addressed. Participation means your voice can be heard.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support of our district, and hopefully we will see you at one of these meetings.

  • Barbara Grams

    I was just reminded that the National Night Out Event is also Aug. 5 . This is a significant scheduling conflict for families who reside in Wyoming and are interested in attending a forum in our community.

    • That is a good point Barbara and although I’m quite critical of the district I doubt they intentionally scheduled it that way. I might suggest attending a session at one of the other schools. Last week I met with a board member and superintendent with suggestions along with others and believe they were receptive to at least listening to our concerns.