- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

HOISINGTON, Kan. (AP) - Patrons of Hoisington school district have approved an $11.5 million bond issue to build a new elementary school and fund other improvements.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s vote show the issue passed by a vote of 874-278.

The new elementary school will replace a school built around 1926. The new school is scheduled to open in August 2017.

The Hutchinson News reports (https://bit.ly/1Lh6Abp ) Hoisington’s school population has grown 20 percent in eight years, after the city lost population when a tornado struck the city in 2001 and a railroad center moved.

The bond issue will also finance safety and security upgrades, including asbestos abatement.

The issue doesn’t require an increased mill levy, with state aid covering 25 percent.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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