Building For The Future

Emporia Public Schools

Construction Updates:

Walnut Elementary School

2019 Bond

2019 Bond | November 5

Thank you for supporting our students and our schools. On November 5, 2019, the voters of USD 253 approved a $78 million bond election for much-needed improvements to our schools and a new early learning facility. Each current building will gain much-needed classroom space, additional areas for student support services, general building renovations, updated building systems along with adding high wind shelters and level II secure entries to buildings without such features.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Bond Election Results

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

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Bond Election Results

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

Click here for election totals

Will there be opportunities for local contractors to bid parts of the construction?

Local trade partners are the key to success in any public project. McCownGordon will offer multiple opportunities for involvement in the construction projects for Emporia Schools through bid packaging, public notices, and pre-bid meetings. Upon successful passage of a bond, McCownGordon will conduct outreach to the trade partner network around Emporia to evaluate the best way to involve the local labor force.
Local Trade Partners who are interested in bidding on building construction projects: VIDEO LINK

Charlie Ochs, of McCownGordon Construction, 785-789-3096

How will construction impact students and staff?

The construction manager, McCownGordon Construction, has been part of the planning process and will manage the entire project throughout construction. The sequence of construction activities will be set to limit disruptions to the school day and ensure that safety is a priority on each school property.

When will construction begin

Construction will begin in the summer of 2020.

How long will it take to pay off the bond

The bond will be paid off in 28 years, based on current calculations final payment will be submitted on September 1, 2048.

How much of a tax increase will there be?

Members of the board of education finalized the sale of bonds on December 2, 2019.  Bonds were able to be sold at an interest rate of 3.22% which was significantly lower than the original estimates. 

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