Union Wildcats

The Union School District will ask voters to approve a $27.7 million no-tax increase bond issue in the upcoming April election after the school board approved ballot language.

After months of mapping out plans with HTK Architects, the firm designing the renovations and new school, the board voted in favor of the language, now dubbed Prop Wildcats.

The bond issue, which has been in development for the majority of the past year is aimed at funding building a new elementary school in Union and renovation projects throughout the district.

The funds will be used for construction, furnishing and equipping a new elementary school, technology and security upgrades, completion of other repairs and improvements to district buildings.

If the referendum is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the school district is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.0500 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property, according to the resolution.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold said Prop Wildcats will be the best path to ensuring the school district will be set for the next 20-30 years. The improvements and new elementary school will alleviate the district’s overcrowding issues in the district.

Along with the new elementary school, the district also plans on selling its modular units currently on site at Central Elementary and reconfiguring each school’s grade level to balance out students disbursement at elementary schools.

Each elementary school district-wide will house preschool through fifth-grade students, while Union Middle School will now adopt the district’s sixth-graders. A new wing is planned to be built at the middle school to house the influx of new students.

The new elementary school, which would be constructed on district-owned land near East Central College, is planned to comfortably fit 600 students and, at a maximum house 900. Each classroom is designed to fit up to 25 students.

The additions, construction of a new school and several other improvements in the district is estimated to cost approximately $25-31 million.

The proposition will be the district’s only issue on the April ballot, as incumbent school board members,Christy Eads and Matt Borgmann, will run unopposed. The election will be held Tuesday, April 3.