HOISINGTON, Kansas (AP)- Patrons of Hoisington school district have approved an $11.5 million bond issue to build a new elementary school and fund renovations to the other schools in the district.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s vote show the issue passed by a vote of 874-278.
“Ever since I’ve been here our community’s always supported our school district and I think this shows that the community again wants the very best for our students. I think it’ll be a big improvement for our educational facilities here in Hoisington,” said Bill Lowry, Superintendent of USD 431.
The new elementary school will replace a school built around 1926. The new school is scheduled to open in August 2017.
“Lincoln was in pretty bad shape when I went through it a long time ago and it’s nice to see recognition that we need to go something a little different,” said Julia Debes a parent.
Hoisington’s school population has grown 20 percent in eight years, after the city lost population when a tornado struck the city in 2001 and a railroad center moved.
The bond issue will also finance safety and security upgrades, including asbestos abatement.
“I’m quite excited especially that everything will be up to date and ready for the 21st century,” said Geneva Myers a parent with two kids.
The issue doesn’t require an increased mill levy, with state aid covering 25 percent.