Rose Hill school district passed school bond

ROSE HILL, Kan. (KAKE) -

Voters in Rose Hill approved a 10-million dollar bond to make improvements to its schools, but not just any improvements, these upgrades are very important. 

A majority of the voters voted yes, to pass the bond. Something on the list of improvements is adding extra security to school entrances, and putting in security cameras district-wide. 

"Our board felt like it was a need for us to provide a little bit of comfort to families knowing that the security has been raised," Randal Chickadonz said.

There are about 2,000 students in the Rose Hill school district, and the superintendent says this number is growing. With the bond passing some of the projects will accommodate the increase in students. 

There will be more classrooms added to the preschool and high school.. 

Maintenance projects will include repaving the road between the middle school and high school. 

Chicadonz is glad to see the community stand behind the vision to improve the district's schools. 

Burl Abraham has lived in Rose Hill for more than 30 years. He said all of his kids grew up going to Rose Hill schools and there has been a number of bonds proposed over the years, but this is one he says he didn't vote for.  "I don't know how much it was supposed to go up, but I just know anytime you pass a bond taxes go up," Abraham said. 

But the Chickadonz said the bond that was passed Tuesday is replacing the bond passed in 2004 and will not impact property taxes. 

"One of the things the board wanted to provide in this package a 0 mill increase. We were really cognitive of the mill rate and wanted to make sure  the projects we wanted to do would stay within the cap."

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