97.5 Million Dollar Bond Issue Would Bring Big Changes to the Manhattan Ogden School District

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

The last time the Manhattan Ogden School District received money for renovations in the form of bonds was in the 1980's.

Election Day could change that if a 97.5 million dollar bond issue is passed.

Manhattan Ogden schools will receive what administrators are calling a much needed face lift. The money will also address overcrowding, an issue the district has faced from the influx of soldiers and families coming to Fort Riley.

"We need more space for classrooms," said Superintendent, Dr. Robert Shannon.

The board took two years to prepare the plan which includes bringing central air to all of the buildings in the district but at the tune of $97.5 million it sounds like a lot to ask.

"I don't think it should be that much but why not? Kids are kids. It's a good investment for our kids," said Areale Hanks.

The bond issue would also address some health concerns.

"Over the years the asbestos has been eliminated from some locations. We have not been able to eliminate all of it. This would do that for us," said Dr. Shannon.

"It sounds like a lot of money until you realize that we're talking about 24 buildings," said Beth Tetarko a board member.

If it passes it will take at least a year of planning before construction begins and about four years to complete all of the renovations.

To hear more about the issue click on the video at the top of this story.


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