Voters approve $143 million bond for USD 501

Voters have approved a $143 million dollar bond issue for USD 501.

The Shawnee County Election Office says 10,124 people voted “yes” and 5,349 voted “no” – for a total of 15,473 votes.

It was approved by 65% of the votes.

The $143 million bond will go towards technology, security and facelift upgrades to a number of schools in the 501 district.

The county originally sent out over 48,000 ballots…more than 16,000 came back.

After a long day of watching and waiting, USD 501 officials say, they’re looking forward to the future.

“What really counts is how they voted..whether it was for or against..majority voted in favor of it and we’re very happy and looking forward to going ahead in providing some more additional security and educational opportunities for students and staff for topeka public schools for years to come,” USD 501 Director of Communications Ronald Harbaugh said.

“It is a great day in Topeka Public Schools! The bond’s focus on safety and additional educational opportunities will benefit our students and staff. We will involve the parents and community in planning as we progress with this great opportunity for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford said.

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