HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – The Hays school district announced a $143.5 million bond passed on Tuesday.

The school bond passed with a vote of 3,239 to 2,773, and the sales tax “special question” of the bond passed with a vote of 3,025 to 2,036. A total of 6,024 ballots were cast, making up 38% of registered voters. The official tally of the votes will be released on Monday, May 16, at 8 a.m.

With the bond, the district plans to renovate two elementary schools, turn the current middle school into an elementary school, move the middle school to the current high school, and construct a new high school.

“We’re just over the top excited about this getting passed. It really is just a testament to the community coming together rallying behind the cause,” said Superintendent Ron Wilson.

Next, the district will move into the design phase and choose an architectural firm.

“It’s going take us probably a year of conversation and looking at designs and adjusting designs, and we’re hopeful that we can be breaking ground on our new high school in a year from now,” Wilson added.

The goal is to open the new high school for the 2024-2025 school year.

To see more about the school bond, click here.