What is a school Bond?
A school Bond issue is used by public school districts to fund capital improvement projects. These measures are placed on the ballot by school boards to be considered and voted on by the public.
When is the Bluestem
USD 205 Bond Election?
The Bond election will be held on August 29, 2023. The last date to register to vote is August 8, 2023.
How do I register to vote?
If you are not registered, go to https://www.ksvotes.org/ to start the process online. They will then mail you a registration application within 24 hours; sign and date the application and mail it back. You can also pick up a voter registration form at the Butler County Clerk's Office located at 205 W Central Avenue, El Dorado, KS 67042
Why do we have to raise property taxes to fund the school bond?
Most districts do not have sufficient funds to perform necessary expansion and improvements, particularly additions of new facilities. A specific millage pays Bonds (amount of the property taxes) applied to the bond debt. This increased millage by State law comes from voted increases in property taxes. Our best and almost only route in Kansas is to sell the bonds (incur the debt) and pay them back by increasing the millage.
What will the Bond fund?
New Career & Skill-Based Education Classrooms (FFA, Metals) & Wood Shop Renovation
New Science Classrooms (2)
New Fitness/Weight Room & Wrestling Room Addition (Storm Shelter)
Art Room Renovation
Band Room Expansion & Renovation
Secure Entry Renovation
New Multipurpose Classroom Addition (Storm Shelter)
New Four-Classroom Addition (Storm Shelter)
Why is it the right time for a Bond?
School districts across Kansas have struggled with funding that has contributed to deferred maintenance and equipment purchases. Unfortunately, this lack of funding has affected our most treasured end-users, our students. This bond proposal provides the resources needed to address these issues and, ultimately, to provide students with the best educational experience.
Will the Bond impact the entire district?
Yes, the improvements made will bring multi-use facilities that will impact the entire district and the Leon community.
How much will this cost me?
If we pass the Bond, will we just have to do another one in a few years?
As our community grows, the district will continue to monitor needs. There is always the potential need for additional space to support growth. However, we have a plan in place to continue using our funds to the best of our abilities.
I don't have a child attending Bluestem Public Schools; why should I vote?
Even if you don’t have a child currently in the Bluestem School District, your property taxes help fund school bonds. The Bond will create spaces that can be used by the community.
Young people are the future workforce, homeowners, and taxpayers. Their education prepares them for the next step into adulthood, and the stronger their foundation, the better their outcomes.
Who will build the facility and will they be on site?
Crossland Construction will be the construction manager on the Bond projects. They will have staff full-time on site and have ensured us that all projects will be completed, in budget and on time.