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Girard residents to vote on school bond issue

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It's been two years in the making: a bond issue proposed by the Girard School District to upgrade the structures that host the city's youngest residents.

"The bond issue will provide improvements to our school buildings, improve security and provide adequate classroom space," said Lori Johnson, Strong Schools for Girard.

The result of much collaboration, the initiative proposes to renovate the high school, R.V. Haderlein Elementary school and the bus barn. The majority of the focus will be on the elementary school, a building that many residents say needs attention.

"It's been there since way before I went to school," said Dave Garrett, Girard resident.

Lori Johnson says the project will benefit the students and the city.

"In order to build and thrive in our community and build a stronger community and increase our economic development, we need to invest in the future of our community and our children," said Johnson.

School officials say the joint effort has proven powerful.

"Going forward it's also kind of a motivating thing that has brought our community together," said Blaise Bauer, USD 248 Superintendent.

The estimated cost for the projects is $16 million, of which the state would pay 56 percent. Residents would be responsible for the remaining 44 percent.

This potential tax increase causes Ron Brust concern.

"I think they need to give us some sort of a tax break against so that we don't have to pay on it on our low income because it's just going to be impossible.

Dave Garret understand taxes will increase, but he says the school district is a one of Girard's strong points.

"We're a small farming community and a lot of people come to our town because of our school system," said garrett.

"No matter what the outcome is, it's nice to see someone rally behind something they believe in," said Bauer.

The bond election is Tuesday, May 6th. Columbus, Kansas will also be holding its school bond election tomorrow. Polls for both close at 7:00 pm.

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