USD 475 Qualifies for Additional Heavy Impact Aid

Geary County Schools USD 475 held a press conference on October 23, 2017, at the Devin Center for Educational Support and made two large announcements related to the proposed new high school bond. The Geary County community will have the opportunity to pass this bond on November 7, 2017. If passed, USD 475 will receive 47% of the total $105 million project cost from the State of Kansas.

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Comparative Cost Analysis

During its Town Hall discussions held on October 7th, Geary County Schools USD 475 was asked to consider providing comparative operational cost information between the current and possible future high school. The District consideration and technical review of this request finds it impractical to make a comparison between the current facility and a notional future facility yet to be designed. Such comparison requires too many operational and structural assumptions pertaining to the proposed new school. Consequently, any such cost comparison would be highly unreliable.

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Land Acquisition Update

The Board of Education is unanimous in its opinion that the school district needs a new high school to maintain excellence for students. This proposed new high school would address many infrastructure and academic challenges posed by the current building, all with no increase to the local mill levy. A successful bond referendum on November 7th will provide the State funds necessary under the authority of Senate Bill 323, again, preventing a need for a local mill levy increase.

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USD 475 Will Hold Town Hall and Tours Prior to Bond Election

Prior to the upcoming proposed new high school bond election on November 7, 2017, members of the community will have the opportunity to tour the current Junction City High School. Furthermore, those in attendance on October 7, 2017, will see an informational presentation in a Town Hall format. The meeting will allow members of the public the chance to ask questions about the bond and the JCHS Way Forward project.

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