Bond Issue Approved

Bond Approved
Posted on 06/15/2018
Leavenworth High School Security UpdateUSD 453 2018 Bond Issue Results - Community Approves 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Leavenworth, Kan.— 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 Friday, June 15, the Leavenworth County Election Office shared the results of a mail-in ballot, with the bond passing favorably with a vote of 2,670 for (57.6%) / 1,956 (42.2%) against. Passage of the bond required a 50% + 1 yes vote. With community support of the proposed bond issue sought and returned, USD 453 will now advance to consideration and 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.

In advance of construction, final design services and planning will be completed, 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.