$57.5 Million Bond Issue On USD 345 Ballot

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Voters in the Seaman School District will face a big building decision on their April 2 ballot.

USD 345 board members voted in a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to put a nearly $57.485 million bond issue up for vote.

The money would fund construction of a new middle school, renovation of the current middle school into an elementary school and additions of new classroom and gymnasiums at Elmont, North Fairview and West Indianola elementary schools.

Board member Frank Henderson, Jr. said the bond is about investing in the education of the district's children. He says it's more important than ever to ensure students are college and career ready, so the district needs to provide the necessary resources.

If the bond issue is approved, construction would get underway in the spring of 2014, with the new middle school opening in fall 2015. The new additions and renovated middle-turned-elementary school would open in fall 2016. With those facilities opening, Rochester and Pleasant Hill elementary schools would close in fall 2016.

The bond issue would result in taxes on a $150,000 home in the district increasing roughly $18 a year.