Feb 07, 2020 5:00 PM

More options this time around for school bond issue

Posted Feb 07, 2020 5:00 PM
USD 428 Board of Education
USD 428 Board of Education

By COLE REIF - Great Bend Post

April 28 will be the date that voters will be asked a second time to determine whether a school bond issue should pass for USD 428, but Assistant Superintendent John Popp says the latest proposal will have more options for the voters.

Although there will be $39,105,000 worth of renovations on the bond question to potentially choose from, voters will be able to choose between a combination of four questions.

"I feel like this package lays out separate costs so people can vote for whatever they feel like voting for," said Popp. 

Question one, worth $28,045,000 must pass before the remaining three can be approved. The first question dives into safety and security improvements, storm shelters, renovations and additions to all the school buildings and the Washington Special Services building.

"If the voters are not interested in raising taxes, they have that opportunity as well," said Popp.

A mail-in ballot failed last September when the Great Bend school district broke the bond up into two questions, with the first one costing $41.75 million.

"It is a really good question to ask the community," Popp added. "Are we interested in moving forward?"

The April election will go away from the mail-in format and open polling places for voters to cast their choice.