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Bond Election Information

2019 Bond | November 5

Bond Vote Passed – 2,571 Yes Votes, 1,472 No Votes, 64 % Voter Approval

Click here for election totals

Over the past year, USD 253 has been working with HTK Architects to complete a facilities needs assessment  Piper Jaffray has also provided the Board of Education with a variety of financial information associated with a potential bond election. Should you have questions regarding any of this information, feel free to contact the school district at 620-341-2200 or email

These prioritized needs are being addressed through the bond election in November.

  • Safety & Security
  • Addition & Renovation of Academic Space
  • Building Systems
  • Improved Parking & Traffic Flow


Open House for Stakeholders

Voters who have not been inside a school recently are encouraged to visit one of our upcoming open houses. Village, Logan Avenue, William Allen White, Maynard, and Emporia Middle School will be open for tours and informal conversation on the following dates.

  • Tuesday, October 15th, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Sunday, October 20th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Important Dates:

October 15th – Voter Registration Closes
October 16th – Advance Mail Ballot Voting Begins
October 19th – Saturday Voting (Flint Hills Mall)
October 21st – Advance Voting in Office Begins-Mobile Voting Begins
November 4th – advance Voting Ends (noon)
November 5th – City and School General Election

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the school district holding a bond election and what will it do?

Over the last year, the district, in conjunction with design and construction professionals, studied each building through a facility needs assessment. This assessment reviewed programs, systems, and structures to determine long-term facility needs. Those needs were then evaluated and prioritized. It was determined that a bond election was necessary to meet all of the outlined needs. The bond election includes safety and security enhancements, systems upgrades/replacement, additions, renovations, and improved parking and traffic flow.

Is the timing right for a bond election?

Yes. The district will be retiring previous bonds.  Bond interest is currently at very favorable rates. The district has immediate needs that can be met in a fiscally responsible manner with minimal financial impact.

How were these needs identified?

The facility needs assessment involved extensive tours of each building to review the interior and exterior conditions and building systems. Additionally, the district and design team met with staff and building administration to learn about specific program and facility needs of their building. A community listening session was also held at each building to seek input from parents and other interested stakeholders. The design team presented various scenarios for addressing the needs to the district Board of Education. A full report of the facility needs assessment can be found on the district website at

How do I get registered to vote and when do I have to be registered to vote?
To participate in this election, voters must be registered by August 15th.

Transitioning to a November 5 Bond Election

At the August 14th USD 253 Board of Education Meeting, the board voted to move the USD 253 bond election to the November 5th general election ballot.  This change was necessary due to a publication error of bond information. While this ultimately delays our timeline 60 days, the importance of ensuring that the district meets all required statutory deadlines was the deciding factor in moving the election to November 5th.


Request bond information from Emporia Public Schools:

Community Relations:
Phone: 620-341-2200

Office of the Superintendent:
Phone: 620-341-2201

Mary Herbert Education Center
1700 W 7th Ave.
Emporia, KS 66801

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