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Bond Information

2019 Bond | September 5

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 community.relations@usd253.net

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

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

Town Hall Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, June 27th 12:00 pm at Walnut Elementary, Gymnasium
  • Thursday, July 11th 6:00 pm at Emporia Middle School, Cafetorium
  • Tuesday, July 23rd 7:30 am at the Trusler Business Center
  • Wednesday, July 31 6:00 pm at Emporia High School, Library

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 www.usd253.org.

Can you tell me more about the mail-in ballot process?

Ballots will be mailed on August 16 to the address shown on your voter registration and will arrive within a day or two.  Those ballots must be filled out, signed and returned to the Lyon County Clerk’s office by September 5th at noon. The ballots can be mailed or hand-delivered, as long as they are received by noon.  If you choose to mail your ballot to the election office, plan to have it in the mail by August 30th to account for the postal system and the Labor Day holiday.  The district chose to utilize a mail-in ballot process to make it easier for stakeholders to vote at their convenience.  To ensure that your vote is counted, follow all of the instructions on the envelope and make sure to sign your ballot.

How do I get registered to vote and when do I have to be registered to vote?

https://www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/voterreg/Default.aspx
To participate in this election, voters must be registered by August 15th.

Request bond information from Emporia Public Schools:

Community Relations:
Phone: 620-341-2200
Email: community.relations@usd253.net

Office of the Superintendent:
Phone: 620-341-2201
Email: kevin.case@usd253.net

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

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