Archive for Monday, October 29, 2007

Basehor-Linwood bond approved

$39.9 million will finance new schools, more classrooms

October 29, 2007

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It's official: Voters in the Basehor-Linwood School District have approved a $39.9 million school bond proposal.

Leavenworth County commissioners, sitting as the Board of Canvassers, on Monday accepted 40 of 47 provisional ballots in the election mail-in election, which ended Thursday. Of those, 28 were for the bond issue and 12 were against.

Those votes put the final tally at 2,209 for the bond issue vs. 2,180 against.

Approval of the bond issue allows the district to construct a new third- through fifth-grade elementary school, costing $11.45 million; a new sixth- through eighth-grade middle school, at $24.8 million; six additional classrooms and renovations at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, $2.5 million; renovations at Linwood Elementary, $750,000; and a new soccer field, $400,000.

The election, in which 56.1 percent of eligible voters participated, was the third school bond referendum in the district in four years. Bond issues in 2003 and 2005 were defeated.

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