USD 257 reaches out to Iola for schools proposal



June 24, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Calling it perhaps USD 257’s “last, best chance” to improve its educational facilities, Superintendent of Schools Jack Koehn approached Iola City Council members Monday about a potential construction proposal for new elementary and high schools — if voters give their blessing.

The roughly $50 million project — $24 million each for a new high school and elementary school, plus another $1 million for upgrades to Iola Middle School — would rely on a combination of state aid and voter-approved general obligation bonds and a half-cent sales tax split between the city and school district.

The stars are aligned for USD 257 to pursue a massive project this year, Koehn said, noting the state would fund 51 percent of the project, plus the district can take advantage of a court-ordered revamping of how local options budget taxes are assessed.

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