2018 Bond Referendum

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2018 USD 383 Bond Referendum Highlights

  • Early Learning:  Consolidation of all Early Learning sites into 2 facilities College Hill and Eugene Field and free from mobile classrooms.  These buildings would be updated and expanded to meet the specific learning needs of our youngest learners.  This will also include secured entry and proper storm shelters at each site.
  • Elementary (K-5):  Construction of a new K-5 large elementary school in Blue township is a major project under this bond.  Other issues addressed at the elementary level are secure entry at Bergman, and proper storm shelters added at Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Northview, and Bergman.  Parking and/or pickup/drop off improvements would be made at several buildings.  Mobile classrooms and classrooms outside of the main building would not be needed for student learning under this plan.
  • Middle Schools (6-8):  Expanded buildings to accommodate 6th grade students as well as secured entry points and storm shelters at both buildings.  Expanded parking is also planned for the middle schools.
  • High School (9-12):  Expanded MHS West campus that would allow all grades 9-12 under the same roof.  Expanded parking, new tennis courts, and an updated practice field are also planned to help serve our students through academic and athletic programs.  The addition of an adequate storm shelter to accommodate the entire high school is also included in the plan.   

Ballot Question

Shall Unified School District No. 383, Riley County, Kansas (Manhattan-Ogden), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $129,500,000 to pay the costs to:

(a) construct, furnish and equip security and safety improvements at all District school sites; (b) construct, furnish and equip secured entrance improvements at Eugene Field Headstart, Frank V. Bergman Elementary School, Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Dwight  D.  Eisenhower  Middle  School,  and  at  District  office  and  support  facilities;

(c) construct, furnish and equip a new elementary school in Blue Township; (d) construct, furnish and equip improvements, renovations and additions to Eugene Field Headstart and College Hill Preschool, and to develop them into Early Learning Centers;

(e) construct, furnish and equip improvements, renovations and additions to the District’s school sites to improve teaching and learning environments and building operating efficiencies; (f) construct, furnish and equip improvements at the District’s school sites and facilities, including parking, transportation, central kitchen, administrative and drainage improvements; (g) make practice field improvements and construct new tennis courts; and (h) make all other necessary District improvements and related demolition appurtenant thereto; all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10-101 et seq., K.S.A. 25-2018(f), K.S.A. 72-5457, and K.S.A. 72-5458 et seq.?

Project Financing

If approved by voters, the project will be financed through the sale of general obligation bonds. It is anticipated that the bonds will be structured with a 20-year repayment schedule at an average interest rate of approximately 3.97%.

State Aid on Bond Issues

Under the current school finance formula, the State of Kansas will pay 0% of all principal and interest payments due on the District's proposed bond issue.

Projected Mill Levy Impact

The current Bond & Interest Fund Mill Levy of the District is 10.203 mills. With voter approval of the proposed school bond election, the mill levy for bond and interest is projected to increase 7.797 mills.

Additional Financial Information

USD 383 Master Plan 2037