Ballots for the $29.7 bond issue will be be mailed from the Johnson County Election office Jan. 13, and ballots must be returned to the election office by noon, Feb. 2, 2016. Either mail the ballots early, or deliver them to 2101 E. Kansas City, Road, Olathe.
If approved, the bond will be used to expand high school capacity and make room for an additional 600 students. About 450 students in a new wing of GEHS and about 150 students at a career and technical education building. The new building would be used for things like auto classes and culinary classes.
It is estimated the bond issue would not require increasing property taxes, according to the district. Officials would use reserves to partially fund the high school expansion. These estimates assume a bond interest rate of 4.75 percent and district wide property valuations increasing by an average of 3.5 percent annually. With the high school expansion, GEHS would not reach capacity for another six to eight years, school officials estimate.