Janet Quiring from Gardner, KS casts her vote this morning at the Johnson County Election Office in Olathe.
Unofficial results of the USD231 bond election show the measure passing by a 53.55% to 46.45% margin. A total of 5219 ballots were cast.
GardnerEDGE will have comments from school officials later today.
UPDATED: 4:02 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
Leann Northway, Director of Community Relations for USD231 released the following statement:
USD 231 Residents Approves Bond Proposal
Gardner and Edgerton residents said yes to a proposed $72 million dollar bond issue in Tuesday's Special Election. The bond issue will provide an elementary school, a middle school, technology upgrades, much needed capital improvements and an addition to the high school.
According to the Johnson County Election Office, the unofficial final results were 2,795 Yes (53.55%) to 2,424 No (46.45 %).
Superintendent Dr. Bill Gilhaus was extremely pleased with the support from the community.
"I believe the support for the bond issue is a vote of confidence by our parents, community partners and district residents," said Dr. Gilhaus . "They understand the importance we place on creating an equitable and safe learning environment for our students and the necessity of keeping up with the advances in technology."
District administrators have been busy with preliminary work on the proposed facilities since last spring. Because of that, groundwork for construction can begin immediately. The new elementary school will open fall of 2013, and the middle school will open fall, 2014. The addition to the high school can be ready for students in the fall of 2013.
"The Board of Education and administrators couldn't be more thrilled about the results," said Dr. Gilhaus. "It's a win for the whole community, but the real winners are the kids."
For more information on the USD 231 Bond Results, visit http://www.jocoelection.org/
Cathy Hansen of the Kids Come First Committee issued the following statement:
The parents of the Kids Come First committee are pleased that the patrons of USD 231 have recognized the need to invest in our children and in our community. We are proud to live in a community that values education and are fortunate to have schools that are among the best in the state of Kansas.
Cathy Hansen, Treasurer
Kids Come First Committee
School Board President, Ron Ragan had the following reaction to the election results. He said, "On behalf of the Board of Education, we could not be more pleased with the results and the positive action taken from our community members. Our top priority is to provide the best possible educational environment for our students, and it is good to know our patrons trust and support our efforts. I thank you for taking the time to vote."
March 2011 article that describes the two proposed schools: