A big part of the bond issue in 2000 for USD 259, the Wichita public school district, was the elimination of portable classrooms. This desire played a part in the 2008 bond issue, too.
So when I was driving by the Annoor Islamic School in northeast Wichita and I spotted some portable classrooms, I immediately thought we’ve got to get to work and pass a bond issue for this school.
But then I remembered that only government schools like USD 259, the Wichita public school district, have the power to tax to generate revenue. Private schools like Annoor have to earn their revenue through voluntary transactions.
How does this school survive using portable classrooms, ones that I’ve been told are former USD 259 classrooms, determined to be unsuitable for use by public school students? I asked the principal of the school, and he told me that “while they are not ideal they are very adequate and serve their purpose well.”
It’s amazing how when spending someone else’s money, only the best will do. Others learn to make do with what they can afford.
And still the public schools complain about being underfunded.