Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education likely will decide tonight if they want to put a $36.7 million bond issue before voters.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education likely will decide tonight if they want to put a $36.7 million bond issue before voters.

Superintendent Mike Roth has said it is important for board members to make a decision during this evening's school board meeting.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the district's administrative office, 200 N. Fourth St. A bond request is listed on the agenda.

Board members previously had been presented a proposal for a $42 million bond issue. But Roth told board members last week the state aid that may be available for the current fiscal year limits the total amount of the bond issue to $36.7 million.

Architects may present an updated proposal during tonight's meeting. But board members have discussed plans that would close Lawson Elementary School as an elementary school. The school would be converted into an early education center for all of the district's prekindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Fifth-grade classes would be moved from elementary schools to Richard Warren Middle School. The middle school would receive an addition.

The bond issue would address overcrowding issues at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School and the middle school.

Money also may be spent on other school buildings as part of the bond issue to address maintenance needs.

If board members decide to move forward with the bond issue, the proposal likely will be put before voters in June. Mail ballots likely would be used for the special election.

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