Officials with the Leavenworth school district will conduct public meetings next week concerning a proposed $36.76 million bond issue.

Officials with the Leavenworth school district will conduct public meetings next week concerning a proposed $36.76 million bond issue.

Meetings are scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Earl M. Lawson Elementary School, 820 N. Fifth St., and 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Richard Warren Middle School, 3501 New Lawrence Road.

If approved by voters, the 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 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 school district soon will finish paying off bonds from an earlier bond issue. And because of this, the new bond issue could be approved without an increase to the mill levy, which is used to determine property taxes, according to Superintendent Mike Roth.

Mail ballots will be used for the bond issue election,

Voters in the Leavenworth school district should start receiving ballots around May 26. The deadline for returning the ballots is noon June 15.

Next week's public meetings will include presentations about the proposed bond issue and question and answer periods.

The presentations on Monday are scheduled for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Lawson. Each presentation should last between 20 and 30 minutes.

Roth said multiple presentations are planned at Lawson so people will have more than one opportunity to attend.

The presentation Tuesday is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. at the middle school.

Roth said Lawson and the middle school were selected as the locations for the meetings because they are the schools that will be most affected by the bond issue. He said members of the public may want to tour the buildings.

"We'd be available for that as well," he said.

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