De Soto The DeSoto School Board on Monday passed a resolution clearing the way for a bond issue election to be held in November.
DeSoto Supt. Glenn Coltharp said today that the resolution was the final step in the process required for the school district to hold a bond issue election. The state board of education already has approved the district's request to hold the election.
The resolution that passed during the board's regular Monday meeting spelled out that the district will ask patrons to approve the issuance of $7 million in general obligation bonds.
Voters will decide the fate of the bond issue during the Nov. 6 general election. Information about the pending bond issue election will be distributed during enrollment on Aug. 13.
IF APPROVED, the bonds will pay for an addition to the district's high school, renovation of the junior high school and construction of a new elementary school.
The bond issue recently has been trimmed from a $12.38 million request put to the voters in mail-ballot bond issue election last November. Voters soundly rejected the larger bond issue, saying it would have raised taxes while they were worrying about the uncertain effects of property reappraisal.
Voters also said they did not like the location of a proposed new high school and elementary school that were to be built in Shawnee, which is part of the DeSoto school district. Patrons said they did not want to pay for new schools so far from DeSoto.
SCHOOL officials say swelling enrollments caused by people moving into the district from nearby the Kansas City area are forcing the district to provide additional classroom space.
Coltharp said recently that patrons should have been asked to approve a bond issue about five years ago for the district to have kept up with growth.
In addition to the city of DeSoto, the DeSoto school district takes in 100 square miles that includes parts of Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, Bonner Springs and large tracts of unincorporated land in the northwest part of Johnson County.