2018 Bond Update

2018 Bond Update for Leavenworth USD 453
Posted on 09/10/2018
New 5th and 6th grade building
Throughout the 2017-18 school year, USD 453 district leaders partnered with an educational design firm (DLR Group) 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.  The bond issue was approved by the voters of Leavenworth on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Following the approval of the bond issue, USD 453 considered the selection of construction management at-risk services to provide: improvements to elementary schools, including the addition of a storm shelter (Lawson); middle school storm shelter, classroom additions and renovation; safety and security improvements; high school renovations to address security and collaborative spaces; and capital outlay maintenance and upkeep needs throughout the district.  Nabholz was approved by the Board of Education to provide these services on July 2, 2018.  

In advance of construction, final design services and planning will be completed, 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 first project to break ground will be the 5th/6th grade intermediate building addition on the Warren Middle School site.  It is anticipated that this project will begin October 2018.  

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.

For more information about the bond, please send via email: contactus@lvpioneers.org.