Now that the Leavenworth Board of Education has voted to put a $36.76 million bond issue before voters, the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office is preparing a timeline for the election.

Now that the Leavenworth Board of Education has voted to put a $36.76 million bond issue before voters, the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office is preparing a timeline for the election.

The election will utilize mail ballots. The ballots will be mailed out May 26 to registered voters who live in the Leavenworth school district. The ballots will be due by noon June 15, according to Deputy County Clerk Helen Klinkenberg.

School board members voted Monday to put the bond issue before voters. The motion passed 4-2. One board member was absent.

The proposed bond issue would close Lawson Elementary School as an elementary school, and the building would be converted into an early education center for all of the district's prekindergarten and kindergarten classes.

The bond issue also would pay for an addition to Richard Warren Middle School, and the district's fifth-grade classes would be moved to that campus.

The bond issue also would pay for renovations at other school buildings.

The bond issue is intended to address overcrowding issues at Warren and Henry Leavenworth Elementary School.

Superintendent Mike Roth has said the bond issue can be passed without increasing the school district's mill levy. The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

Roth said bonds from an earlier bond issue soon will be paid off, so the district will be able to issue new bonds without increasing the mill levy.

Klinkenberg said the ballots for the special election will have a “yes” or “no” question. The question will be supplied to the County Clerk's Office by the school district.

Klinkenberg said there currently are more than 14,900 registered voters in the Leavenworth school district.

Roth said the cost to the district for having the election will be between $20,000 and $25,000.

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