November 22, 2014

Spring Hill school bond issue passes

Mark Taylor

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Voters in the Spring Hill School District approved a mail ballot bond issue by a vote of 1,717 to 1,375 on June 7.

The $39 million bond issue will pay for maintenance, school additions, new schools and technology upgrades.

The election results are unofficial until certified later in the week by Johnson County election officials.

“We are very, very pleased with the results,” said Superintendent Bart Goering. “It is going to mean a great deal for the kids in the district and the community as a whole.”

The bond issue, which school officials say will not require an increase in the property tax mill levy, includes several improvements to accommodate a growing enrollment, including:

  • Expanding Prairie Creek Elementary School to a capacity of 528 students in the fall of 2012.
  • A new 528-student elementary school on the existing 155-acre high school site, expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.
  • Transforming Spring Hill Elementary into a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade facility in the fall of 2013.
  • Converting the current intermediate school into a sixth grade building by fall of 2013.
  • The bond issue will also pay for safety enhancements in all schools, district-wide technology upgrades and various maintenance projects.

School officials say the improvements are necessary to meet the demand for classroom space as the district grows by more than 100 students per year.

School officials say the bond issue will not result in a mill levy increase because of long-range planning, a 61 percent increase in assessed valuation over the past 10 years, and state aid that will cover 38 cents of every dollar spent.

Goering said he is ready begin work on the projects.

“We will start working with architects in getting things put together,” he said. “We will also try to get some maintenance work done as soon as we can as we are in desperate need of concrete repair. We want to try to get emergency repair work done as quick as we can, then additions and new schools.”

 

Comments

  1. They squeaked thru with a 342 vote margin………get your checkbooks ready……..

  2. Boooo!!!!

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