Bourbon School District voters to decide on $2.3 million bond issue

    Voters in the Bourbon School District will decide on a $2.3 million no-tax-increase bond issue during the municipal election on Tuesday, June 2. The measure will require approval from four-sevenths of the voters for authorization.

    “The bond issue will generate $2.3 million to support the continued progress in our district,” Superintendent Kyle Gibbs explained. “Our community has been strong supporters of our school over the years with the additions at the elementary and renovations at the high school. Our buildings are a source of pride for Bourbon and with the community's support we have been able to make great strides in updating these facilities over the past 10-15 years. This no-tax-increase bond issue will allow us to continue this process.”
    The question being posed to voters is: “Shall Crawford County R-1 School District issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $2,300,000 for the purpose of improving, repairing, renovating, and furnishing aging school facilities, including constructing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)/Agriculture Education building along with safety and security improvements at District facilities? If the question is approved, the District’s debt-service property tax levy is estimated to remain unchanged at $0.9350 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.”
    Revenue from the bond issue will be used to make improvements across the entire district. The elementary will get a secure entryway, restroom renovations, and much-needed plumbing updates. The middle school will receive a much-needed electrical upgrade, plumbing updates, and renovations to the district’s aging seventh- and eighth-grade wing. The high school will benefit from the addition of a new Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM), agricultural, and shop building.
    “This (STEM) facility will promote new and innovative instructional programs that will prepare our students for a wide range of college and career paths,” said Gibbs. “The addition of this space will also open space in the existing building that can be used for both educational and athletic purposes.”
    In addition to these more noticeable improvements, the district will also be able to address aging HVAC and roofing concerns.
    “The money that will be generated with this bond issue will truly address diverse needs for our district and positively impact all our students,” Gibbs said.
    If approved by a four-sevenths majority of voters (57 percent), the district’s debt-service levy would remain unchanged at 93.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation on real and personal property.

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