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When is the Circle School District bond election?

Ballots must be returned no later than noon to the post office on January 29, 2013.

Where/How do I vote?

The Circle School district has opted to hold a mail ballot election on January 29th, 2013. In order to vote you must be registered by January 8, 2013. Ballots will be delivered via mail to your house beginning on January 16th. Those ballots must be returned no later than noon on January 29, 2013.

Who is eligible to vote?

Any person who is lives inside the Circle School District boundaries and is registered to vote will be mailed a ballot.

What is the cost of the bond issue?

The cost of the bond is $37.12 million.

What will it cost me?

The tax impact will be $6.60 more per month on a $100,000 home.

When will the bond Expire?

All bonds are scheduled to be retired by 2031.

What Projects are included in the bond request?

The January 29th, 2013 bond request will fund a New Circle High School (while maintaining the existing performing art, auxiliary gymnasium and a large portion of the existing parking lots), expansion and renovations to Circle Oil Hill Elementary, and heating and cooling upgrades at Circle Benton Elementary and Circle Towanda Intermediate.

Why is the district proposing to build a new high school?

The building has served the district well over the past 50 years but with major electrical, mechanical systems and structural challenges, the cost of renovation has reached a point where it is more cost effective to replace the largest portion of the complex and while maintaining the performing arts and supplemental gymnasium. Currently Circle High School is the oldest High School building in use within the 24 school districts that make up the Ark Valley/Chisholm trail league.

Why is the district proposing to renovate and expand Circle Oil Hill?

Currently Circle Oil Hill is at capacity and out of space. The proposed bond would create more classroom, library, cafeteria, and safe room space. Additionally it would eliminate the need for portables. Heating and cooling would also be installed in the gymnasium and would be improved throughout the building.

If the Bond passes when would Circle High School and Circle Oil Hill be completed?

If the bond passes in January 2013 construction would start soon thereafter and would be completed in phases. Heating and cooling systems would be installed in Circle Benton Elementary and Circle Towanda Intermediate during the summer of 2013. The estimated completion date of all projects is fall of 2016.

When was the last bond issue?

The last bond issue was 6 years ago and produced improvements to the middle school, a new elementary school, heating and cooling improvements in classroom areas at each of the existing elementary schools, and a recreation complex for baseball and softball.

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact Superintendent Jim Keller at: jkeller@circleusd375.org or at 316-541-2577. Visit us at www.usd375.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/circle.schools or on twitter at http://twitter.com/circleschools1


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