People who live in the Leavenworth school district have until May 25 to register to vote for an upcoming school bond election, according to the county clerk.

People who live in the Leavenworth school district have until May 25 to register to vote for an upcoming school bond election, according to the county clerk.

The Leavenworth Board of Education has proposed a $36.7 million bond issue. And mail ballots are being used for the election instead of traditional poll locations.

Ballots will be delivered to the Post Office on May 25. This means registered voters should start receiving ballots in the mail May 26.

The deadline for returning the ballots is noon June 15.

If approved by voters, the bond issue would close Lawson Elementary School as an elementary school, but 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 bond issue is intended to address overcrowding issues, particularly at Warren and Henry Leavenworth Elementary School.

The school district soon will finish paying off bonds from an earlier bond issue. And because of this, Leavenworth Superintendent Mike Roth has said a new bond issue can be implemented without increasing the district's mill levy from its current level. The mill level is used in determining property taxes.

If voters do not approve the $36.7 million bond issue, the mill levy could eventually decrease.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said residents who are awaiting ballots to arrive in the mail should contact her office if they have not received their ballots by May 30.

“They need to call me,” she said.

Voters can return their ballots by mail without being charged postage.

They also can return ballots to the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office or drop them in a receptacle on the grounds of the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St.

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