The JCHS Way Forward Bond Issue

Welcome to the JCHS Way Forward online information hub hosted by connectED. The JCHS Way Forward pages within this website are maintained as an information hub for the new high school project.

The Challenge

The Junction City High School at 900 N. Eisenhower was built in 1958 and has seen five major additions since it was initially constructed. The building has provided a place for learning in Geary County for nearly 60 years. Not only has the school provided a place for learning, but it has also become a training center for the community’s future nurses, police officers, firefighters, auto technicians, chefs, educators, welders, and more. Over half a century after its construction, providing the best education possible to Junction City area young adults now comes with facility challenges. These challenges include educational challenges such as science classrooms that are too small for today’s biotechnology needs, culinary arts rooms that aren’t adequate for requirements, and 9th graders who had to be moved to the FSA (Freshman Success Academy) due to limited space at the main campus building. Infrastructure needs include an HVAC system which is out of date, plumbing systems that are aged, the technology backbone is outdated and the ability to keep up with modern networking is a challenge due to the building structure, ADA compliance issues, and an outdated fire alarm system.

Fiscal Responsibility

In 2016, the Board of Education approved to move forward to explore a fiscally responsible and long-term solution to address the significant challenges that the current Junction City High School building is facing. Board members requested that the way forward not directly create an additional burden on the taxpayer so the district designed a funding plan that wouldn’t raise the mill levy.

Graphic illustrating the funding formula of This project will not raise the mill levy due to a funding formula comprised of the current mill levy (9.62% of total cost), Heavy Impact Aid (35.20% of total cost), state funding as a result of a community passed bond initiative (47% of total cost), and interest from the invested Heavy Impact Aid (8.18% of total cost).

Members of the community were then empowered to assist in determining the best way forward. A diverse committee of community members had the responsibility of looking for the best long-term and fiscally responsible solution for the Geary County Schools community. Their recommendation was to build a new school on a new site.

USD 475 encouraged voters to vote informed with the following key facts. The vote passed the communities approval on November 7, 2017, completing the third of three checks and balances in the process. Geary County Schools plans to move ahead with the JCHS Way Forward for a possible opening date of Fall 2020.

For more information on the JCHS Way Forward visit our FAQ or Additional Resources sections.

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