HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – Early voting began Monday on a school bond in Hays. The bond totals $143.5 million.

With it, USD 489 hopes to renovate two elementary schools, renovate the current middle school into a new elementary, construct a new high school and move the middle school to the current high school. In addition, one older elementary school and administration center would be closed.

“I’m expecting a big turnout, and that is just because there’s been a lot of push for this bond issue. There’s been a lot of things in the news, signs all over our town, so I’m expecting a big turnout,” Ellis County Clerk/Election Official Bobbi Dreiling said.

There are two measures on the ballot for the bond.

“They’ll be voting on two things. If you live within the city limits of Hays, you’ll be voting on the bond itself that the school board is put for the voters, and the other thing that they’d be voting on would be a sales tax to help negate some of the bond if you live in the city limits of Hays,” Hays Mayor Mason Ruder said.

Click here for the bond election and sales tax election questions.

You can vote early at the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main, in Hays. Election Day is May 10.

To see more about the school bond, click here.