A closer look at the costs

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March 22, 2019 - 4:42 PM

The graphic shows the three questions USD 257 voters will consider April 2 in a bond referendum. The first proposition, a new elementary school, must be approved in order for the other two, a new science building and cafeteria at Iola High School and a new HVAC system at Iola Middle School, to occur.

Whatever the results of an April 2 school bond vote, USD 257 and its taxpayers will still grapple with facility costs.

The age of existing school buildings — the youngest, McKinley, was built in 1949 and the oldest, the high school, was built in 1916 — means high maintenance costs, school officials have said. 

The school bond proposal would replace three elementary schools — McKinley, Jefferson and Lincoln — in favor of one combined school for preschool through fifth grade students. Supporters have said new facilities will reduce maintenance costs and result in savings between $300,000 to $500,000 each year because of that and other efficiencies like reduced utility costs and less duplication of resources. 

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