But after all these years, the district should develop at least the beginnings of a routine bond issue schedule. The new buildings constructed under MAPS for Kids will eventually need costly maintenance — if they don't already. And the district's older buildings aren't getting any less expensive to maintain. One school board member recently questioned the age of the district's bus fleet.
MAPS for Kids was a major financial investment and leap of faith for a city hopeful its school system would improve. Part of that implied contract with voters is to properly maintain the investment. Given the district's size and sheer number of buildings, school bond issues aren't optional. A six-year schedule seems entirely too infrequent to keep pace with the needs.