Public discussion continues in USD 252 as renovation bond vote approaches

Public discussion is alive and well on the topic of how best to improve USD 252 Schools.


The board of education has approved a district-wide improvement bond plan of $14 million. The bond is scheduled to come to a vote on May 16. Hartford Junior-Senior High School hosted an informative meeting about the bond Wednesday night. Peggy Chaffian believes that the bond is an extremely important project.
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The district has contracted Nabholz as an at-risk construction management team. The district has negotiated a two-year warranty on the price with the company so that in case issues with subcontracts do not work out the district will not have to go over budget. Some questioned why the money is being spent, while others questioned the renovations' ability to accommodate the growing student body without raising local taxes.

The district hopes to save money by focusing on renovating when possible and repurposing rooms.

This was the last of several information meetings held across the district this week, with others held at Neosho Rapids and Olpe. Open houses started Wednesday in Olpe, with additional open houses at 11 am Friday both in Hartford and Neosho Rapids. All three schools will host open houses April 26.

To find out more go online to www.usd252.org