Yukon school bond election set for Nov. 9

Voters will be asked to approve $194,260,000 for buildings and buses

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The Yukon School Board on Monday set an election date for Nov. 9 to ask voters to approve school bonds. Board members saw plans for a performing arts and college career center at a recent meeting. (Photo by Robert Medley)

The next school board election for Yukon Public Schools will be Tuesday, Nov. 9, and voters will be asked to approve $194,260,000 in two separate questions to fund buildings and buses.

The first proposal voters will decide is for $189,265,000 for projects including a performing arts and college career center, an indoor activity facility, a high school commons expansion, elementary school and playground renovations and technology.

A separate question will ask voters to approve $4,995,000 for transportation.

Board President Chris Cunningham, Brian Coulson and Leonard Wells voted in favor of setting the election date. Board members Cody Sanders and Suzanne Cannon were absent at the special meeting Monday.

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Dr. Jason Simeroth, Superintendent, said ideas to renovate the old administration building have been put on hold for the other projects.

Passage of the bond issues would not raise taxes but would replace existing taxes. The district passed a $44.6 million bond issue in 2017.

“We’re going to set the pace for our vision for the next several years,” Simeroth said.

He said the remodeling of the administration building is not a top priority.

The plans should help the district meet their needs for up to a decade. If growth continues, a smaller bond issue could be possible if needed, board members were told at the Monday meeting by a representative of Stephen H. McDonald & Associates Inc., who were approved as financial consultant to the district.

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