What the bond vote means for WHS

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Raelynn Watkins, Contributing Writer

Tuesday, November 7th is a date that will have a huge impact on the Wyoming Public Schools. It is the day to head out and vote on the bond proposal.

Just like a house, over time at schools things began to fall apart, paint chips, doors begin to squeak. But schools are much larger and, unlike a household, hold up to nearly 1,000 people. And the schools are in need of some attention, according to Mr. Robrahn. “Our schools have not been redone in 65 years,” he said.

The estimate for the high school’s budget on its own is $40,025,000, out of the total $80 million for the entire district. If passed, the bond will cover many things such as
Construction of a two-story building in the hall by Mrs. Small’s and the lunchroom, restroom upgrades, new classroom furniture, security upgrades (including new security cameras and the replacement of locks), a new bus loop as a more convenient way of picking up and dropping off of students, and new, expanded parking space

How the funds are distributed is a deliberate process. “ We do a walk-through with professionals of all sites and start with an unlimited budget to determine what would that cost,” stated WPS Superintendent Reeder. “Then you start to cut-back until you get to the available amount of funds. A team of the Board, central office, and administrators discuss the items and determine what and how we can get the most for the money.”

When the renovations are finished, the impact will be felt in our schools and in the Wyoming community. “The funding from the request will allow a complete overhaul and update of all school buildings and grounds in the Wyoming Public School District. It is important to ensure school sites are of a quality that allows them to be maintained and successful in the educating of all children in the community,” said Dr. Reeder. “The improvements will provide even better environments for students to improve their learning and other skill sets in extra-curricular activities that provide better chances to compete with other schools and programs.​”

This proposal doesn’t raise current tax rates. Homeowners would not be paying more, but may actually reap an important benefit: home values increase when the neighborhood has newer, more modern schools. “Is a great indicator of your property values and what is important,” he said. “It is important whether you are directly involved or not.”