The Perry-Lecompton school board approved a bond issue that members hope will solve overcrowding problems in the district.
Voters in the Perry and Lecompton areas will decide in November whether to pay $9.1 million for a new middle school and for additions to two elementary schools.
The Perry-Lecompton school board this week approved the bond issue, which will be decided by voters in the Nov. 3 election.
``We've been experiencing growth and we're anticipating growth and we're trying to be prepared for that,'' said board president Pat Mulvihill.
The bond issue calls for site acquisition and construction of a new middle school near Perry High School, and additions and improvements to Perry Elementary School and Lecompton Elementary School.
Mulvihill joined board members Daryl Mellard, Linda Baranski and Pat Schafer in voting to put the bond issue on the ballot.
Board members Greg Howard and Kevin Wade voted against putting the bond issue on the ballot.
``It ended up being a lot more than what we thought,'' Howard said. ``The initial idea was for a bond issue of $5 to 6 million, then it jumped to $9 million.''
Howard said that if the bond issue passes, the mill levy in the district would be increased by 15.86 mills. The current level is 37.66 mills.
A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
Howard said he didn't think voters would be likely to approve the measure.
But Mulvihill said constituents for years have been seeking improvements in the district, which is growing rapidly.
Enrollment in the district jumped from 932 to 1,083 within the last five years, creating overcrowding, especially at Perry and Williamstown elementary schools.
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