Registered voters who live in the Leavenworth school district should be receiving mail ballots for a bond election in the next few days.

Registered voters who live in the Leavenworth school district should be receiving mail ballots for a bond election in the next few days.

The ballots will ask voters whether they approve of a proposed $36.7 million bond issue for Leavenworth public schools.

Voters will have to return the ballots by noon June 15.

If the bond issue passes, Earl Lawson Elementary School would close as a elementary school, but the facility would be converted into an early childhood 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.

Storm shelters would be added at Lawson and Warren.

The bond issue also would pay for renovations at other school buildings including a new security entrance at Leavenworth High School.

The bond issue is designed to address overcrowding at some of the schools in the district.

Leavenworth Superintendent Mike Roth has said the bond issue can be implemented without increasing the mill levy, which is used in determining property taxes. That is because the new bonds would be issued as the district finishes paying off an earlier bond issue.

If the new bond issue fails, the district's mill levy eventually could decrease by as much as 5 mills.

This could result in a property tax decrease of about $115 per year for the owner of a $200,000 home, according to information Roth shared during a public meeting on the bond issue.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said her office is mailing about 14,500 ballots for the school bond election.

She said voters can return the ballots through the mail without being required to pay postage.

Voters also have the option of delivering the ballots to the County Clerk's Office at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St. Voters also can drop their ballots into a receptacle on the south side of the courthouse grounds.

Klasinski said registered voters in the Leavenworth school district should call the Clerk's Office at 684-0421 if they have not received ballots by the end of next week.

Klasinski said her office will count the votes on the afternoon of June 15. County commissioners are scheduled to canvass the election June 19.

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