Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss a possible bond issue.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss a possible bond issue.

No action was taken during what was scheduled as a study session. But board members will be asked during a meeting next week if they wish to move forward with an information gathering process.

Superintendent Mike Roth presented ideas Wednesday for a possible bond issue. He said these ideas have been discussed by administrators at the school district's central office.

With bonds from an earlier bond issue scheduled to be paid off soon, Roth said the board has the opportunity to raise between $45 million and $50 million through bonds without increasing the district's mill levy.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

He said the district may even be able to borrow between $35 and $40 million and lower the mill levy from its current level.

Any bond issue ultimately will have to be approved by voters in the school district.

If board members decide next week to move forward, they will be asked to make a decision in December about officially putting a bond issue before voters.

If there is a bond election, it likely will take place in April, Roth said.

If a bond issue is approved, construction could begin in the summer of 2018.

During Wednesday's meeting, Roth reviewed improvements at Richard Warren Middle School that could be included in a bond issue. These include improvements to the building's heating and air-conditioning system and roof.

He said the building also could use a multipurpose facility to serve as a storm shelter. The addition also could be used for physical education, band and vocal music classes.

Improvements at Leavenworth High School could include a gym-like addition that could be used as practice space for the Junior ROTC program and band.

Roth said the high school also could benefit from improvements to its heating and air-conditioning system and roof repairs.

The superintendent said a bond issue could fund additions to Henry Leavenworth Elementary School as well as improvements to help traffic flow in the parking lot.

"Our main growth area is going to be Henry (Leavenworth Elementary)," Roth said.

He said district officials could look into acquiring land around the school. He said the additional land could be used for practice fields.

Even though he reviewed possible improvements for only three schools, Roth said other schools in the district also would benefit from a bond issue.

"All of the buildings would be affected," he said.

Roth said district officials already have met with representatives from DLR Group, an architecture and engineering firm in Overland Park. He said the firm could help the district with the bond issue.

"They'll help us with the campaign," he said.

Roth said the firm would not charge anything unless the bond issue passes.

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