On Jan. 30, the Andover Board of Education voted to proceed with a bond election on May 9, 2017.
The 2017 bond election is an affordable solution to improve safety and security, address district-wide necessary facility improvements, enhance academic choices and provide equitable opportunities for all students.
Facilities Study: Identifying the Need
Andover has long been a leader in excellence as it relates to facilities, academic and athletic achievements. The district, in partnership with our community, has studied its facilities for the past year. We are committed to providing opportunities for our students to successfully learn and grow.
Over the last year, around 170 district staff, parents and community members participated in a facilities study process to identify district needs and dreams for the future. Participants evaluated solutions for the district and reviewed finance, demographics, technology, pupil transportation, infrastructure, community research and data for each building to develop a new vision for Andover’s facilities. In December 2016, the Board of Education accepted the Master Facilities Plan that included renovating or expanding all ten district school buildings, support centers and athletic facilities. In addition, it proposes options to construct new campuses for Meadowlark Elementary and Andover High School. The cost of these new buildings and renovations is $188.605 million, for which the district has covered in two propositions the May 9 bond election.
Project Scope: Two Propositions to Consider
The 2017 Bond Election contains two propositions:
Proposition 1: $168.8 million that results in NO bond mill rate increase and includes:
Proposition 2: $19.805 million that results in a 2.3 mill rate increase* and includes:
*The mill rate increase on a $100,000 home for proposition 2 would be $26.45 per year, just over $2 per month.
Financial Plan: $0 or $2 Mill Rate Increase
The current bond indebtedness will expire September 2019. This allows Andover the ideal opportunity to reinvest in its community and students. The proposed bond election is for a 17-year bond that will be paid off in 2034. Interest rates are estimated at 3.5 percent which are near historically low levels for the past 50 years. Current legislation says the state will pay 24 percent of the principal and interest of the bond issue, totaling $45,312,000. Proposition 1, which includes projects that the district believes are the highest need and priority, consists of $168.8 million that results in NO bond mill rate increase where Proposition 2 includes additions consisting of $19.805 million worth of projects that would result in a 2.3 mill rate increase. The mill rate increase on a $100,000 home would be 2.3 mills - $26.45 per year, just over $2 per month.
Voter Information: Vote May 9
The bond issue election will be held May 9, 2017. You may request an advanced ballot for this election NOW through May 1. Advanced ballots will be sent out April 19. The last day to register to vote in the 2017 bond election is April 18. Early voting will be held at the Sedgwick County Election Office and the Butler County Election Office during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning April 26 and ending May 8 at noon. On May 9, all polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Butler County will have two polling locations and Sedgwick County will have three: