Newton votes against multi-million school bond issue

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN is your local headquarters, and Tuesday Newton residents made their decision on a multi-million dollar bond issue.

Take a look at the results below.

The ballot asked voters if they’d like to spend $61 million to update Newton High School, and whether to build a new elementary school in place of the Walton Rural Life Center. Voters voted against the multi-million dollar bond.

“These are not needs that are going to go away, and it will be a couple more years before the district can move forward. That means a couple more years that students and teachers don’t have the things that they need, as far as their classrooms are concerned,” superintendent Dr. Deborah Hamm said.

Hamm says it will ultimately be up to the next board of education to determine where to go from here.

“As a parent and a community member, there are other concerns about what our priorities are as a community. How it is that we come together to address or not to address those. What our long term plans are and what this says for the health of our community long term,” board member Toby Tyner said.

Election officials will canvass the votes next week.

Ballot Questions:

Proposition No. 1:
Shall the following be adopted?
SHALL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 373, HARVEY COUNTY, KANSAS (NEWTON), ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $61,320,000, TO PAY THE COSTS TO:  (A) CONSTRUCT, EQUIP AND FURNISH ADDITIONS AND/OR MAKE RENOVATIONS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY, SAFETY WITH STORM SHELTER IMPROVEMENTS, IMPROVED HVAC (HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING) SYSTEMS, IMPROVEMENTS TO BUILDING INTERIORS, AND ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND SUPPORT SPACES AT THE EXISTING NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL, CHISHOLM MIDDLE SCHOOL, SANTA FE 5-6 CENTER, COOPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SLATE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SOUTH BREEZE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NORTHRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SUNSET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND WALTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALL LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT; (B) MAKE ALL OTHER NECESSARY FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO (COLLECTIVELY “PROJECT”); AND (C) PAY THE COSTS OF ISSUANCE AND INTEREST ON SAID GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE DISTRICT DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT; ALL PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF K.S.A. 10-101 ET SEQ., K.S.A. 25-431 ET SEQ., K.S.A. 25 2018(F), K.S.A. 72-5457, AND K.S.A. 72-5458 ET SEQ.?​

YES = 3,359

NO = 4,040

Blank/Void = 14

Proposition No. 2:
Shall the following be adopted?
SHALL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 373, HARVEY COUNTY, KANSAS (NEWTON), ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $24,420,000, TO PAY THE COSTS TO:  (A) CONSTRUCT, EQUIP AND FURNISH A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 6 TO BE LOCATED SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50 WITHIN THE DISTRICT; (B) ACQUIRE AND IMPROVE A SITE FOR THE PLANNED NEW ELEMENTARY BUILDING; (C) MAKE ALL OTHER NECESSARY FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO (COLLECTIVELY “PROJECT”); AND (D) PAY THE COSTS OF ISSUANCE AND INTEREST ON SAID GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE DISTRICT DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT; ALL PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF K.S.A. 10-101 ET SEQ., K.S.A. 25-431 ET SEQ., K.S.A. 25 2018(F), K.S.A. 72-5457, AND K.S.A. 72-5458 ET SEQ.?

YES = 2,388

NO = 4,986

Blank/Void = 39

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