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Three School Districts Holding Bond Elections For School Improvements

Carla Eckels
KMUW/File photo

The Sedgwick County Election Office is preparing for three school district bond elections happening in the next three weeks.

Goddard, Clearwater and Andover schools are asking voters to approve bond issues to help pay for building improvements.

Tuesday is election day for Goddard and Clearwater Schools.

The Goddard district has a $52 million bond resolution on the ballot to pay for 90 projects across all 12 area schools. The district is hoping to move forward with maintenance projects that were put on hold in recent years due to cuts in state funding.

Much of the work involves renovating buildings and parking lots, and updating heating and air conditioning units. Storm shelters would be added to nine schools.

Goddard Public Schools has about 5700 students.

Voters in the Clearwater district will decide a nearly $16 million bond issue that will add enhanced security at school entrances and storm shelters to all four schools.

There are about 1100 students in Clearwater schools.

Voters in the Andover District head to the polls on May 9 to decide two bond proposals. The first proposition includes nine projects at a cost of about $169 million. If approved, two new schools would be built and six schools would get storm shelters.

The second proposition is for approximately $20 million to build a district swimming pool and a career studies center, as well as adding artificial turf to some athletic fields.

If approved, there would be a 2.3 tax mill increase. That means the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $26 per year.

There are about 5800 students in Andover schools.


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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.