Teachers: New school would solve problems

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January 30, 2019 - 11:32 AM

Marv Smith moved to Iola in the fall of 1966 to teach at what was then a state-of-the-art science building, shared by Iola High School and Allen County Junior College.

He stayed for the people ? the administrators and the students, his friends and neighbors ? long after that science building lost its luster. He watched as bond issues to build new schools failed and saw other area communities, like Chanute and Garnett, build new facilities and welcome businesses and families.

?We lost out 25, 30 years ago,? Smith said. ?Iola never did get that big bond issue pushed through so we just kind of piece-mealed and piece-mealed things to get by and look where we are today.?

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