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USD 305 In Motion: All-Day K 2016-2017

Jeff Garretson - April 9, 2014 12:41 pm

USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall

After a resounding victory on the Salina School Bond issue, USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall stopped into the KSAL Morning News with a look at what’s next.

Tuesday, Salina voters used a mail-in ballot to greenlight a 110.7 million bond issue to address needs at district facilities and and bring all-day kindergarten to Salina.

Hall tells KSAL News that the process will begin on the financial side relatively soon, “I have already had conversations with our bond consultant and we are going to probably be issuing bonds in the next forty-five to sixty days,” he said.

“We’re going to be in the process of putting together design teams that will be looking at all aspects of these projects.”

Hall noted he wanted a cross section of staff, board members and community members to take part in the planning. “We’re hopeful that by the first part of next year maybe – spring or so, we might actually start seeing some construction taking place.”

Superintendent Hall also pointed at the 2016-2017 school year as the first year USD 305 could implement all-day  kindergarten.

The nearly $111 million bond issue will address district needs including safety and security, all-day kindergarten, career and technical education and improvements at both high schools, plus storm shelters at all the schools.

The final numbers from Tuesday’s count according to Saline County Clerk Don Merriman on the Salina School Bond issue:

YES: 8,779
NO: 5,934

Merriman said there are still 53 provisional ballots left to count. Merriman says that there were 300 envelopes not signed, so those votes were not counted.

Fred Hanson

April 10, 2014 at 1:04 am

I got some news for Bill Hall and the board of education. We are forming a citizens group an we will be monitoring every penny from this bond issue. Also we are looking into the legality of this auction and county clerk Don Merriman sending out ballots without securing photo id’s. We believe he has violated state voter laws.

Fred Hanson

April 10, 2014 at 1:23 am

Resounding victory come on. Probaby half the votes were from people who work for the district and were protecting their jobs. You are talking 14,000 plus votes in a city with 49000 residents. The district will not pay back this bond issue just like they never did the last. The Salina Journal better figure on a few more pages to print names of people who will not pay their taxes because they will not be able to afford to.

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