Olathe Public Schools patrons approved — with 72.3 percent of the vote — issuing $156 million in bonds.
The mail-in election ended Tuesday. The vote was 16,439 in favor of the bonds and 6,303 against it, according to unofficial but final results released by the Johnson County Election Office.
The bond, which does not require a tax increase because a previous bond issue has expired, will pay for a 10th middle school to relieve crowding at Prairie Trail and Mission Trail middle schools; security cameras and new keyless access systems; facility upgrades; and iPads for students, equipment for computer labs and new computer servers. At Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail middle schools, the district wants to update heating and cooling systems, add new flooring and lighting and replace roofing. School gyms will get new flooring.
“We want to thank our community for the support they have provided us in the passing of this bond issue,” Superintendent Marlin Berry said in a statement. “We appreciate those who took the time to become informed on the issues and participate in the election process. The educational needs of our students will be addressed for many years to come thanks to the passage of this bond election.”
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