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Archive for Tuesday, July 9, 1996

DESOTO SETS BOND ISSUE VOTE

July 9, 1996

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— Voters in the DeSoto school district will head to the polls in November to decide whether to build a new high school and two elementary schools.

The DeSoto school board voted unanimously Monday night to put a $57.3 million bond issue on the ballot, board president Curt Allenbrand said.

That dollar figure could change as the project is finalized in the next week, he said. Other future projects, yet to be determined, could also be funded with the bond.

Rapid growth in the district spurred the bond issue. DeSoto's high school, which has only been open two school years, is already at 97 percent occupancy.

DeSoto's district includes the western edge of Shawnee in Johnson County, which is gaining population.

Should the bond pass, construction will begin six to seven weeks after the vote.

One of the new elementary schools will be located on the west side of the district, the other on the east side. The high school would be located on the campus of one of the middle schools.

For now, the district will try to find extra space in its current buildings.

Classes will be held in the commons area, the cafeteria, "wherever we can," Allenbrand said.

"We're just finding a nook or cranny to put them in," he said.

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