Bond Issue Overview

Bond Issue Overview - January/February 2019

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, USD 453 district leaders partnered with an educational design firm to engage with staff, administrators, families, and community members to study and develop a range of solutions to address elementary and middle school building capacity issues, improve safety and security at multiple sites, and increase focus on Kindergarten readiness and next generation learning.  

The work belonged to no single individual or interest group, but represented compromises from multiple perspectives sharing a kids-first approach to solve a number of educational challenges. A set of recommendations was presented to the Leavenworth Board of Education for final review, resulting in a proposed $36.7 million bond issue that would keep existing local levels of public education funding flat.  

On June 15, 2018, the Leavenworth County Election Office certified the results of a mail-in ballot, with the community’s passage of the proposed bond issue. USD 453 selected Nabholz, Inc. (Lenexa, Kan.) to provide construction management at-risk services, including construction of a new 5th/6th grade intermediate center; construction of a Pre-K/K Early Childhood Center; next generation learning updates to school sites; addition of storm shelters (Lawson and Warren); safety and security improvements; high school renovations to address security and collaborative spaces; and capital outlay maintenance and upkeep needs throughout the district.

In advance of construction, final design services and planning will be completed by the DLR Group, including student transportation considerations, specific to a 5th/6th & 7th/8th grade intermediate and middle school alignment at an expanded Richard Warren Middle School campus; and transformation of Earl Lawson Elementary School to a Pre-K / K Early Childhood Center.  

The Leavenworth Unified School District remains committed to preparing students for success in every classroom, every day.  Additionally, USD 453 will continue to make school improvement recommendations and decisions aligned to the Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Education 7-0 on May 18, 2016, which includes the goal of providing safe and modern facilities that meet the needs of our students’ educational environment.

The district looks forward to continued dialogue with all district families, students, staff, and community members, to identify fiscally responsible and acceptable solutions to support student well-being and success.  The collective input from this bond campaign was heard, and will be reflected in future decision making on behalf of Leavenworth students.

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