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  • Inman approves $44.5 M school bond

  • Inman residents voted in favor of a $44,535,000 bond issue Tuesday.

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  • Inman residents voted in favor of a $44,535,000 bond issue Tuesday.
    Unofficial totals from the McPherson County clerk were 330 yes and 143 no.
    The USD 448 bond, which isn't expected to change the mill levy, will fund the construction of additional classrooms on the northwest corner of the elementary school building, upgrades to the high school gymnasium-auditorium and its roof, and improvements to the existing high school parking lots.
    “I was really pleased with the response,” said Kevin Case, superintendent. “I think that shows how much our community supports education.”
    Now that the bond issue is passed, meetings will be scheduled with the architect. Construction, however, will not begin until next fall.
    Once completed, the changes will positively affect the district in a number of ways.
    “Bringing our youngest kids into the building and out of the mobile unit is a big benefit,” he said, referring to the kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and early learning students who will occupy the new space. “Bringing together all our early learning teachers will give us the ability to collaborate more and share resources. It also provides extra spaces for our special education and Title 1 students.”
    Case said changes to the auditorium will provide an area to showcase students.
    “It is something that's been a long-term need in our district,” he said.
    In order to prepare the election, a volunteer group spent a significant amount of time informing the public prior to the vote.
    “Seeing that group of volunteer community members of all ages and backgrounds come together was one of the most rewarding parts,” Case said. “They said, ‘This is something our students deserve and need, and we want to make that a reality.’ ”
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