USD 501 $142.6M Bond Issue Heads Toward April Vote

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The proposed bond issue for Topeka Public Schools is moving forward. On Monday, USD #501 School Board members voted unanimously to move forward with the $142.6 million dollar bond issue.

The plan will include closing Avondale West, Shaner and Bishop Elementary Schools. The students from those schools would combine to form a new elementary school that would be built and connected to Jardine Middle School.

Voters will get a chance to decide on April 8. The district has yet to decide if it will be a mail in or walk in ballot.

Last month, district spokesperson Ron Harbaugh told 13 News the revised plan has a price tag of $142 million, rather than the $90 million previously discussed.

He said it also calls for closing Bishop Elementary School and turning the building into a district-wide professional development center.

Even with the higher price tag, Harbaugh says the mil levy would not increase from what patrons currently pay. Voters would need to approve the bond issue. It also includes improvements in security and technology and a proposal to close the current Capital City School building.