Community Meets To Discuss Bond Issue

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Community members and school officials met Monday night to discuss the future of the Shawnee Heights School District.

The board of education approved putting a question on the November ballot for a $17.5 million dollar bond issue.

Monday's informational meeting was the last before next Tuesday's election.

The money will be used to refurbish buildings, including remodeling cafeterias at Berryton and Tecumseh South Elementary schools and remodel an auditorium at Shawnee Heights High School.

Supporters say the bond helps the community look to the future.

"We want a plan. We just don't want things to go by and 10 years later, all the sudden we need to fix that," said Board of Education Vice President Russell Doty. "We know what needs fixed, when, how soon and we've got a plan and a lot of those things are in this bond issue."

If the referendum passes, crews will immediately get to work. The district-wide project could take three years to complete.