Topeka voters pass $143M bond

Decision 2014 (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Topeka voters have approved a $143 million school bond issue that will help pay for tornado shelters and other improvements.

Early results show voters in Topeka Unified School District 501 approved the $143 million bond issue Tuesday. The bond will also pay for a career learning center, a new elementary school and other projects.

Results of the mail-in vote showed 65 percent of the ballots cast supported the issue. Results will be finalized Monday.

The plan calls for building Federal Emergency Management Agency-compliant storm shelters at the district’s 12 schools that lack shelters.

The bond issue also will pay for enhanced school security, including improved camera systems, panic buttons in front offices and classrooms and fencing and bullet-resistant window film on entryway doors.

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