At open houses and other events, USD 259 parents are getting a look at more of the fruits of the 2008 bond issue, including new schools and additions. But the start of this school year also should spur special gratitude for the 2000 bond issue. Before that $284 million bond issue passed, the district lacked air conditioning in most of its buildings. "'Resource rooms' and air conditioning will not help our kids learn more," wrote Walt Chappell, now a member of the Kansas State Board of Education, in a 2000 letter to The Eagle opposing that bond issue. But without air conditioning, the district would have faced the challenge so far this school year of four days hotter than 100 degrees.