Voting deadline is June 15

Nearly 4,000 people already have voted in a Leavenworth school bond election, according to the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office.

People who have not yet voted still have about a week to turn in their mail ballots.

The ballots are due by noon June 15.

As of Friday morning, more than 3,800 voters had returned their ballots, according to Deputy County Clerk Helen Klinkenberg.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Eduction are asking voters in the school district to approve a $36.7 million bond issue.

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 school district can implement the bond issue without raising the mill levy, which is used in determining property taxes. That's 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.

Mail ballots are being utilized for the bond election instead of traditional poll locations.

The Clerk's Office mailed out about 14,000 ballots to registered voters in the school district in late May.

Voters can return their ballots through the mail. They do not have to pay postage to return the ballots.

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

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said a number of ballots have been returned to the Clerk's Office undelivered because voters have moved from addresses on file with her office.

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