Bond Issue, Funding On Menu At USD 501 Lunch With Lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Public Schools leaders gave lawmakers a lesson on plans for the district.

USD 501 Deputy Superintendent Larry Robbins and Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford held a lunch session with the Shawnee County legislative delegation. School funding and an upcoming bond issue election were on the menu.

Ford and Robbins details plans on the $142 million bond proposal, which they say will enhance safety and expand educational opportunities. The first ballots for the election will be mailed to registered voters in the district March 19th. They are due back at the Shawnee Co. Elections Office by April 8th.

They also shared thoughts on school funding. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that week that the state wasn't funding schools equitably. Ford says USD 501 is particularly concerned about how the legislature's decision might impact funding for at-risk students. She says the funding helps ensure that all students will be career motivated.