RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County’s school district is asking citizens to consider a $12.3 million bond issue to make safety improvements to local schools.
In recent weeks, residents have been able to tour USD 378 schools to see the conditions before voting on the bond proposal.
On Wednesday night, they got a look inside Riley County Grade School and then took part in a community meeting on the matter.
School district officials say Riley County police and Kansas Homeland Security made recommendations about upgrading safety measures at the schools.
“We need to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and that’s the number one priority… As far as the out buildings, we have students in modulars that need to be brought in to the main building. We need to have safety and security cameras, limited access doors, controls whereby people would need to come into the office to get into the building- those types of things as far as safety and security,” said Brad Starnes, USD 387 Superintendent.
Projects to improve energy efficiency in schools are also included in the proposal.
Residents in Riley, Leonardville and Keats will weigh in on the bond issue and cast their votes during a special election Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
A community group called “Needs Over Wants” has come forward in opposition of the bonds. Riley County KIDS is a group that supports it.