2016 Capital Improvement & School Construction Bond
On November 8, 2016, the community will decide on a KSD bond proposal. With this bond proposal, new bonds will replace expiring bonds without raising overall school taxes and fund projects at every school.
What is a school bond?
School bonds pay for facility construction and renovations and cannot be used for teacher salaries or classroom operations. State and federal funding does not cover costs associated with the maintenance to sustain current infrastructure, or the renovation or replacement of school facilities.
Why is a bond measure on the ballot?
- To reduce overcrowding
- To improve safety
- To increase energy efficiency
This bond will fund two new elementary schools, twenty new classrooms across the District, and nine multipurpose rooms reducing overcrowding in classrooms and school buildings. It will improve safety by replacing fire alarm systems at nine buildings and renovating outdoor athletic facilities at ten schools. It also will provide funds to increase energy efficiency by upgrading heating and ventilation systems at 11 schools.
To see a complete list of projects, visit the Bond Projects page.
How will the 2016 bond affect taxes?
With this proposal, new bonds will replace expiring bonds without raising overall school taxes. New bonds will allow new construction to reduce overcrowding and provide necessary resources for maintenance projects to sustain current infrastructure.
Where will the money go?
The bond will fund two new schools, twenty new classrooms (not portables), repairs, and renovations districtwide in the following categories:
- Reduce overcrowding
- Improve safety
- Increase energy efficiency
- Remodel, upgrade schools
- New roofs and flooring
How is the amount of the bond determined?
The Citizens' Bond Review Committee reviewed 262 projects submitted by schools and the KSD Maintenance Department. The Committee then recommended 76 projects as top priorities. The Board of Directors reviewed and approved the projects along with the amount of the bond, $252 million.
Thank you for taking the time to visit. With the community’s support, the Kent School District will continue its mission: Successfully Preparing All Students For Their Futures.
REMEMBER TO VOTE BY NOVEMBER 8, 2016