Olathe Public Schools board approves June 7 bond election

School Board Approves June 7 Bond Election

OLATHE – The Olathe Board of Education unanimously voted to move forward with a $156 million bond election at its meeting March 3. Registered voters who live within the Olathe School District boundaries will be able to vote in a June mail-in election that would help the district address its growth, safety and security, technology, and aging facility needs.

“We continue to experience enrollment growth and with that growth comes the need to provide adequate learning spaces for our students,” Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison said. “We feel a strong sense of responsibility to our students, our staff, our families and taxpayers to make sure we provide enrollment relief for two of our middle schools, while at the same time addressing our aging facility, safety and security, and technology needs.”

Projects within this bond proposal would touch every school in the district and will not increase the mill (tax) rate currently levied to pay off bonds.

Major projects of the bond election include land and construction for an additional middle school and additions and renovations to a few schools to accommodate a growing population; additional safety and security enhancements; additional student technology devices and updated infrastructure, audio visual equipment and telecommunications; and aging facility projects including replacements of asphalt, flooring, roofing, HVAC, gym and auditorium repairs and more. It will be a mail-in election due June 7.

 Additional information will be available on the district website in the coming weeks.

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About the Olathe Public Schools
The Olathe School District is the largest school district in the Kansas City metropolitan area and is located southwest of Kansas City, in Johnson County, Kan. The district serves students from Olathe and parts of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee. Home to more than 29,000 students and 4,300 staff members, the district’s vision is Preparing Students for Their Future. For more information about the Olathe Public Schools, visit the district’s website at www.olatheschools.com.