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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Goessel approves $3.3 million bond issue

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  •  Voters in Goessel gave overwhelming approval to raising their taxes to pay for a $3.3 million building project for the school district in Tuesday's election.The vote was 337-29 in favor of the measure, and 40 percent of the registered voters in the school district turned out to vote.School superintendent John Fast said school officials "are just amazed."He said the high turnout was even more remarkable because there were no races in the district where there was more than one candidate for office.The bond issue will pay for six building projects and will finish off $200,000 in bonds on an earlier bond issue.Fast noted the district will get 40 percent in state aid, or $1.78 million of that $3.3 million paid from state funds, making the burden lighter on taxpayers.The bond issue for the project will raise tax rates 1.95 mills. The owner of a typical $75,000 house will pay an extra $16.40 per year.?Projects include building a new building for the agriculture education department, and they plan to put that department with the science department. Family and consumer sciences, formerly called home-ec, will also get a major facelift. Windows will be replaced and modernized in the older part of the school, which was built in the 1930s. That older building will also get some brick work repair, and they will build a new storm shelter.Three percent of the bond issue proceeds will go to the classroom for general education improvements, Fast said.?The school board is set to meet Monday and plans to approve the sale of the bonds. From there the builder, Loyd Construction, will finalize the plans and they hope to begin construction by the end of summer. The project will be in progress during the 2013-14 school year.?Fast credited a committee of parents and school supporters with helping get the bond issue passed. The committee was run by Darcy Nichol and Tina Shrag.

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