Ft. Larned USD 495
April 2015 Bond Project
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list a frequently asked questions and answers to many issues surrounding the upcoming bond issue.
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Why is the district pursuing a bond issue now?
The school district has been looking into the issue of improving/replacing the current attendance centers for quite some time.
In January of 2002, a Comprehensive Planning Committee comprised of community members met over two days. The consensus opinion was that the district should take steps to reduce the number of attendance centers by fall of 2006.
Four years later, January 13-14, 2006, a Blue Ribbon Planning Committee, also made up of community members, established Long Range Goals to build a K-5 building.
The recommendations of these two committees led to the bond attempt in 2008.
On November 2, 2013, a KASB (Kansas Association of School Boards) lead Community Facility Planning and Discussion Session garnered 82% agreement among the community members participating that the district should move forward with a bond issue for a new elementary school along with renovations at Larned High School.
How old are the current buildings?
What steps has the district already taken in pursuit of the bond project.
As of September 19, 2014, the school district has retained a financial Advisor - Pipper Jaffray - and an architectural firm - Howard and Helmer.
A survey was also sent out to the homes of all Pre-K through 6th Grade students asking what type of educational structure they would prefer. 557 surveys were sent out with 60% of those surveys being completed and returned. Of those, 67% preferred a Pre-K through 5th grade building, 16% preferred Pre-K through 4th grade, and 15% recommended leaving the buildings as is. 2% were undecided.
What will the scope of the new bond project be?
Upon passage of the bond issue, the district would seek to build a new elementary schools to replaced the three existing elementary centers - Northside, Phinney, and Hillside - as well as move the 5th grade classes to the new building to create a Pre-K through 5th grade education center.
It is also proposed that Tri-County Special Education Coop would be relocated. This will close the old middle school where Tri-County is currently located and also do away with the need to rent Sacred Heart School which Tri-County utilizes for its preschool services.
Renovations to the high school are also on the table but firm decisions on exactly what this will encompass will be heavily dependent on input from the community.
If the bond is successful, where will the new elementary be constructed?
There are currently 4 properties under consideration.
These options were discussed and voted on by members of the community during a meeting held at Larned Middle School on October 20, 2014.