To the editor:

Before I get into specifics, I would like to thank the 1,600-plus citizens that voted for me in the past USD 453 School Board election. My purpose at this point is to reach out to those voters, and to all other registered voters in USD 453, that are sincerely interested in the education of the children in our community.  

The school bond proposal coming May 25 to the registered voters in USD 453 is not a whimsical, confusing maneuver to fool taxpayers. This proposal began with the District’s Strategic Plan that was approved by all board members in May 2016. The visioning process for the bond proposal directly involved a Community Focus Group, parent representatives, district staff, district administration and active board members to produce the current plan as presented.

The thrust of the plan is to enhance safety and security for all of our children and staff, reduce overcrowding in buildings, develop an early childhood education center and increase the focus on technical education at the Pioneer Career Center. At this writing, anonymous flyers are being distributed throughout the community by individuals that have clearly misstated the facts regarding this very important proposal.  

I am proud to have my name on documents designed to nurture our most important resource, the 3,833 children in USD 453. Get the facts, not the anonymous distortions. Visit the USD 453 website and get accurate information. Community meeting presentations will be held May 7 at Lawson Elementary from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. and May 8 at Warren Middle School from 5:30-7 p.m. I invite you to any of these sessions to have your voice heard and questions answered.

Mike Carney is the president of the Leavenworth Board of Education.