Voters will decide a $12,570,000 bond issue for Shawnee Public Schools in a special election May 14.
In March, at the monthly Shawnee Board of Education meeting, members approved a motion to hold a special bond election for district improvements.
According to SPS Public Information Officer Cherity Pennington, money from the bond issue, if approved, would go toward new buses, transportation, HVAC repair, new technology, equipment, parking lot improvements, signage, security enhancement, uniforms and equipment for student activities and updated AV technology at the Performing Arts and Athletic Center (PAAC).
"The 2019 bond, if passed, will add an additional year to the bond passed in 2016. Property owners should expect an increase of approximately $5 per month for every $1,000 in property taxes," Pennington said.
Pennington explained the completed projects from the 2016 bond issue include the addition of safe rooms and security entrances to Horace Mann Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary and Shawnee Middle School. It also remodeled science classrooms, special needs classrooms and parking lot improvements to the high school and Will Rogers Elementary.
Pennington said current projects from the 2016 bond that are expected to be completed in 2019-2020 including a safe room, security vestibule and parking area to Jefferson Elementary, a security entrance to Will Rogers and the Shawnee High School Stucker facility.
Pennington explained projects from the 2016 bond issue, which are scheduled to go out for bid, include several improvements to the high school.
They are as follows: security vestibules, counseling area, band and music rooms, library, cafeteria and dining areas, tennis facility upgrade, baseball ticket booth, concession area and restroom and softball dugout.
The new elementary site construction is expected to begin in 2020 in the area west of of 45th and Kickapoo.
The deadline to register to vote in the school bond election is Friday, April 19.
Bond issues require a 60 percent supermajority for passage.
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