USD 501 Holds Listening Tour For $90 Million Bond Issue

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's USD 501 continues to get feedback on a $90 million dollar bond issue that could close several schools.

District officials held their latest in a series of listening sessions Wednesday night at Highland Park High School.

Supporters say the bond will ensure school safety and address the need for technology. But it could possibly close two elementary schools, and replace Capital City School with a career learning center.

On Wednesday, attendees heard it fits in with a long-range plan the district developed several years ago.

A first phase, which included closing several schools and re-purposing others, is already finished.

While money is tight, officials do see opportunities.

"We're taking the opportunity here to see 'are there other resources available?' and we do know that there are opportunities as far as bonds and we do know that we have a very good bond rating at Topeka Public Schools and we're asking the patrons 'is this something that you would want to do, is this something that you think is important for our children?''', said USD 501 Board President, Janel Johnson.

The next listening session is Tuesday, September 24 at Williams Magnet School.