LYNDON—All members of the board, as well as several members of Lyndon and surrounding communities gathered for the first of two special meetings Tuesday night.
Guests slowly piled in the aged auditorium, witnessing the creaks of seating and a mysterious groaning noises that the superintendent later contributed to a problem-ridden boiler.
The board wanted to host the meetings to gather input about the proposed bond issue and building project from citizens of the district, and lengthy input is what they received.
A community member asked what time frame one would actually see changes to the school made. Dave Emig, project architect, said that with bond approval June 30, except for minor dirt work, major changes would be at least two years out.
“There’s an outside chance this year’s sophomores can graduate in it, but more than likely, this years freshman,” said Brian Spencer, superintendent.
Another citizen asked about pricing for inflation or mishaps in funding. Emig confirmed that bids should be locked in place, providing that a contract is in place and materials paid for.
“HRS will provide a ‘not to exceed’ amount,” said Spencer.
Spencer and board members put to rest a number of rumors, stating that staffing changes might occur, but nothing drastic either way. Geothermal insulating processes would be looked into, as well as sub-zero underground path for crossing sixth street.
Members jumped on safety and security issues, asking what kinds of doors would be purchased, entry for students and lockdown procedures. One guest asked if metal detectors or the use of an armed guard could be utilized.
“It’s not something that we’ve discussed,” said Spencer. “We’d have to have someone run them, staff them, what to do if something’s found, etc.”
“History is getting worse and we can design forever, but we’re not going to have something 100 percent foolproof,” said Emig.
The notion of increasing city revenue and activities was briefly mentioned in connection to the passage of the bond issue. One audience member asked if having new practice fields and outdoor locations could draw in crowds for events like fairs or carnivals. Spencer mentioned earlier in the presentation how the school could be a place to show visitors of the community.
“It’s kind of funny,” said Spencer. “I guarantee after we build this and you have people come visit you and they ask to see your town, where will you take them?”
“Caseys!” a citizen joked.
“You’ll come show them our school,” said Spencer.
Financial aspects were also discussed, although financial advisor for the project, Dustin Avey wasn’t present.
“What about us old farmers that live on a fixed income,” voiced a guest. “Did you think about us?”
“We did and that’s why we know it’ll be tough to pass,” said Spencer. “But we have to try.”
Tuesday’s meeting wrapped up shortly before 9 p.m. For closing comments, Spencer encouraged guests to visit the school website, contact himself and building principals, as well as direct to the school’s new Facebook page to “like” Lyndon USD 421.
Tonight at 7 p.m., the board will host the second informational meeting. Another special meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for the board to discuss the outcome of this week’s meetings.