Voters to decide future of Andover school bonds

ANDOVER, Kan. (KSNW) – Parents and residents in the Andover district will vote on two bond proposals that would bring state-of-the-art changes to the schools, according to district officials.

The bonds are broken up into two separate proposals that total up to around $190 million.

“Honestly, I think it’s a great idea for the community,” says Evan Voth. “I always believe we should invest in our kids.”

But what exactly would residents pay for?

“If there were a tornado that were to come through, you know, I would want to make that they had a safe place to go,” says Celeste Sant, parent.

Between the two bonds, USD 385 is hoping to put Andover residents’ money toward things district officials say are important to children and their safety.

The first proposal costs a little over $168 million. In that bond proposal, six schools that don’t currently have storm shelters will get FEMA rated storm shelters. Eight schools will be renovated and will also receive brand new security entrances at the door. Under that proposal, there’s no rise in property taxes. Residents would continue to pay the current mill levy.

Proposal one:

Another proposal is worth more than $19 million. Under this bond proposal, the district would build a pool and would consider opening it up to the public. For the value of a $100,000 home residents would pay an extra $26 per year.

Proposal two:

There is also the possibility of another scenario. If neither of the school bonds pass, then parents and residents would save some money. For a $100,000 dollar home residents would save about $270 per year.

“You know I don’t think that it is really necessary that they have a pool,” said Celeste Sant. “However, them having a storm shelter I think a lot of parents would find peace of mind with that.”

“As far as installing a major city-wide pool is concerned, we have a YMCA so I don’t necessarily know if we need that as well,” said the parent of future USD 385 student, Evan Voth. “But to be quite honest, I don’t mind a raise in taxes if it means it will be going directly toward education and bettering our school system in town here.”

School officials aim to get both bonds passed. If the second proposal is the only one that is passed officials say they would consider coming up with a fresh set of proposals.

Polls open Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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