How much should be spent on renovations in the next bond issue, especially when it comes to issues of equity?
As noted in today's article, those are among the difficult questions that will have to be answered as the school board formulates the next capital improvement plan and bond issue.
“We need to have expectations for our older schools that have been around for a generation or two," said Kevin Hill, vice chairman of the school board.
Hill said the school system has an obligation to make sure that older schools get the facilities they need to provide students with a good education.
But Terry Stoops, education policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation, is questioning whether the renovations are meant more to win voter support. Stoops noted how the report from the Citizens' Facilities Advisory Committee, of which he was a member, questioned why so much of the renovations in the 2006 bond issue dealt with non-classroom space.
"There's definitely a connection between renovations and politics," Stoops said.
Stoops argues that, especially in light of the weak economy, the school district should focus on new schools and renovations in high-growth areas.
Click here for the list that was presented to the school board on Tuesday.