THAYER -- The next regular meeting of Putting Kids First will be Oct. 17 in the high school library. Organization members are urging all Thayer school patrons to attend the meetings if they have any question regrading the issue that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The issue of building a new elementary school has been raised in Thayer five times, first in 1997. Committee members feel one of the reasons the issue has failed is low voter turnout. In April 1997 26 percent of registered voters voted on the school bond issue. In August 1997 it appeared again on the ballot and only 29 percent of the voters voted. In November 1998 the school bond proposal gained a little ground with 45 percent of registered school patrons voting on the issue. In April 1999 42 percent voted on building a new elementary school. The last school bond issue went on the ballot in April 2002 when only 26 percent of registered voters voiced an opinion on building a new elementary school.
The results from the five times the school bond issue appeared on the ballot were 44 percent for the issue and 56 percent voting against the school bond proposal.
Putting Kids First members said they think the community has several misconceptions regarding Proposition 1 including the building location and higher taxes.
"We have a lot of support from our community regarding the building of a new elementary school. We just need for people to get out and vote," a Putting Kids First committee member said.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley reminds Thayer School patrons that absentee voting has begun and absentee votes will be accepted in his office until 5 p.m. Nov. 5. (See related story in this weeks SMN regarding absentee voting.)