Voters Approve Circle's $37 Million Bond Issue

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UPDATE: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Voters in Butler County have approved the Circle School District bond issue in a mail-in election.

The bond issue passed Tuesday, with 1,654 voting in favor of the $37 million bond issue and 1,104 voting against.

The money will fund a new $30 million high school, upgrade and expand Oil Hill Elementary and pay for various improvements at some of Circle's other schools.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Some Kansas teens are getting involved in their community's future by helping spread the word about a school bond issue.

Circle High School students are making sure USD 375 voters know the details of $37,120,000 in proposed improvements to district schools, even though they know they will never enjoy the benefits of their work first-hand.

"Our classrooms are really overcrowded," said Circle High School Senior Madison Stephens, describing the conditions of the current high school building.

Overcrowding is just one of the reasons some current Circle High students want voters to know why the district is pursuing a $37.12 million bond issue project.

"Also, another big thing is the heating and cooling," Stephens said. "Our classrooms are really cold; it makes it really hard to concentrate in class."

She and other students on the school's student council have been taking time to show Circle voters why the district wants to build a new $30 million high school. Other proposed improvements include $5.7 million for expansion and improvement of Circle Oil Hill Elementary School in El Dorado and $254,566 each to install heating and cooling systems in the gymnasiums at Circle Towanda Intermediate and Circle Benton Elementary.

"If you don't have a student going to the high school, then you won't really know the problems of the school that need to be fixed with the new school," Stephens said. "Whenever we pointed out how small the classrooms are -- the stuff that's wrong with Circle -- they agreed that it needed to be changed. And I think a lot of people agree that it needs to be changed."

Only Circle freshmen even have a chance of attending the new school if the mail ballot bond issue passes Jan. 29. So, why do students like Stephens care?

"I wish that I was a freshman so that I could benefit from the school," she said. "But I still think that it's important for future students to have a good school."

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