In about a month, registered voters who live in the Leavenworth school district will start receiving ballots for a proposed $36.76 million school bond issue.

In about a month, registered voters who live in the Leavenworth school district will start receiving ballots for a proposed $36.76 million school bond issue.

Voters will have until noon June 15 to return the mail ballots.

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 all of 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 passage of the bond issue would not increase the mill levy for property taxes, and could even result in a decrease. That is because the school district would start paying off the new bonds as bonds from an earlier bond issue are paid off completely.

School district officials have prepared what the superintendent calls fact sheets with information about the bond issue. Information about the bond issue also has been posted on the school district's website, www.usd453.org.

"And the district probably won't do much more than that because that's all we can do by law," Roth said.

One of the fliers prepared by the district cites overcrowding, kindergarten readiness and maintenance needs as issues that will be addressed by the bond issue.

Roth said he will speak to civic groups regarding the bond issue.

He said a town hall, and possibly a couple of other question and answer events, also will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Roth said an architectural firm that is working on the bond issue has been in contact with a group of people who support the bond issue and will campaign for its passage. He said the group has started to gather funds.

A person who is said to be involved in the "vote yes" campaign group did not immediately return a phone call Monday.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said the mail ballots will be sent to voters in the school district near the end of May.

"It will clearly say 'mail ballot' on it," she said.

She said voters will not have to pay postage to return the ballots in the mail.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education voted last month to put the bond issue before voters. However, not all board members support the bond issue.

During a meeting last week, board member Loyal Torkelson said he believes there are other options that could have been explored that would have been less expensive.

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