Derby residents vote in favor of school bond issue

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Derby voters have approved $123 million school bond issue to improve security for schools.

The bond will fund the building of a new elementary school in the area as well as improvements to middle schools and high schools.

Transportation and maintenance buildings will also have improvements made.

A new education support facility with a storm shelter is also among the new buildings to be built.
 


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A lack of storm shelters and safety upgrades, plus a growing district are all reasons some Derby voters are backing a school bond with a $123 million-dollar price tag.

"We have needs for safety, for security, capital maintenance, our schools are deteriorating and we need a new school on the north side of Derby,” Derby resident, Chris Ladwig said.

But some residents, like Drew Vogt, don't think this bond is the right answer for the district.

"It's really expensive. They stretch it out over 25 years, instead of the usual 20 just to make it a little more palatable. But if you look at what's in it, they spent a lot of money on things they don't need. They need to replace an elementary school but that's $20 million-dollars when fixing the current elementary school, they want to close is only a million and a half,” Vogt said.

The bond comes with maintenance updates and a new elementary school.

It will also add storm shelters in all school buildings and each classroom will have intruder lock hardware on the doors, to prevent an intruder from gaining access to any classroom.

"Based on what I've seen and talked to a lot of people, I don't think it's the best choice. It's one of the choices that could be out there but I don't think it's the best one. I think we could do better and really help our future by not spending so much money,” Vogt said.

Ladwig disagreed.

"It is a tax increase but it's less than ten dollars per every $100,000 home. I think with what the schools need, that is more than reasonable,” Ladwig said.

If all parts of the bond pass, taxpayers can expect to pay $9.88 on a month of a $100 thousand-dollar home. It is a 25-year bond that would start being paid Fall 2018.

Voting polls open Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Election Day Polling Places

• Calvary Baptist Church, 1636 E. Patriot Ave., Derby KS 67037

• Countryside Christian Church, 1919 S. Rock Rd., Wichita KS 67207

• First Pentecostal Church, 1755 E. MacArthur Rd., Wichita KS 67216

• Greenwich Road Church of Christ, 1746 S. Greenwich Rd., Wichita KS 67207

• Pleasantview Baptist Church, 1335 N. Buckner, Derby KS 67037

• Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn Blvd., Derby KS 67037

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