Lakeland Prep

A year to the day after the Lakeland School Board voted on June 3, 2014 to proceed with a Capital Improvement Plan for a new middle school, they did it again.

Forced to re-group after the April 16 defeat of  a resolution to issue municipal bonds, Lakeland Superintendent presented a revised CIP request at the June 1 work session.

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Residents of the City of Lakeland have been divided on the question of building a joint middle and high school–and its financing through a $0.55 property tax increase and bond issue–for the past eight months.  Sometimes civil, and occasionally heated, discussions have raged on social media and in public meetings on the topics, pitting neighbor against neighbor and leading to a crop of  yard signs encouraging residents to “Vote Yes for Lakeland” and “Vote No Bond.”

So now, it is up to the voters of Lakeland to decide. With 13 days of early voting (March 27-April 11) before election day on April 16, voter turnout could see a record high. As part of our mission to inform, educate, and connect our community, we contacted the Lakeland School Board and the Concerned Citizens of Lakeland.  We invited each group to submit a 500 word editorial to explain to our readers why they should–or shouldn’t–vote in favor of the bond issue. Each essay is presented below in its entirety. The content was not edited and reflects the opinion of the author, not The View 38002.

 

Early Voting and Polling Information, Including Location Changes for Election Day

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At a special called meeting on  February 19, and after a call in to the election commission to clarify some of the requirements surrounding early voting, the Lakeland Board approved a resolution requesting that the date for the election be set for April 16.

Lakeland voters will be asked to “Vote Yes” or “Vote No” to allow the City of Lakeland to issue up to $50,000,000 in general obligation school bonds to finance the construction of the proposed Lakeland Prep 6-12 Middle/High School.

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The proposed site for Lakeland Prep, a project to construct a 262,000 square foot middle/high school in Lakeland lies just north of Highway 70 and east of Canada Road. Access to the site will include public streets from Canada Road and Old Brownsville Road, as well as a future connector to Highway 70. The Lakeland School Board approved purchase of the site on January 12, 2015.

The proposed site for Lakeland Prep, a project to construct a 262,000 square foot middle/high school in Lakeland lies just north of Highway 70 and east of Canada Road. Access to the site will include public streets from Canada Road and Old Brownsville Road, as well as a future connector to Highway 70. The Lakeland School Board approved purchase of the site on January 12, 2015.

Emotions ran strong as speakers at the December 11 Lakeland Board of Commissioners Meeting asked the city’s elected officials to move forward with the $50,000,000 middle/high school project, seen as key to the suburb’s future growth. Other residents called for the board to allow a public referendum on the issuance of bonds to fund the project or to delay the project for a few years.

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