2019 Bond

Frequently Asked Questions

Bond Results

We have preliminary data from the election office. Please be mindful that this data will change (somewhat) as ballots that were postmarked today are received through Friday. The official canvass is scheduled for February 7th which is when the data will become “official”. Thank you for your help spreading information during the campaign! We look forward to working with you as the much needed upgrades are realized!


How many years will it take to pay off the 2019 bond?

The 2019 bond has a twenty year maturity date.

What will happen to Swartz Field?

It will continue to be maintained by USD 202 and Turner Recreation Commission for youth and public use until a final decision has been made.

What about the auditorium and field house at the middle school?

Both the auditorium and field house of the middle school will be retained and blended into the new academic spaces that are planned. This will save millions in dollars along with retaining the heritage and history of Turner's past.

What about the other buildings?

Every building in the district will see some impact. Possible projects include:

  • Turner High School-Family and Consumer Science demonstration space, carpeting, and HVAC updates.
  • Journey School of Choice-Gymnasium HVAC upgrades.
  • Turner Elementary-Chiller and HVAC upgrades and improved vehicle access.
  • Midland Trail Elementary-Chiller and HVAC upgrades and locker room remodel into classroom space.
  • Junction Elementary-HVAC upgrades.
  • District Wide Improvements-Safety and Security, Classroom Furnishings, Concrete Work, Asphalt Paving, Roof Replacements, Flooring Replacements, Painting

How will the District Athletic Center (DAC) be financed?

The District Athletic Complex (DAC) will be paid for from USD 202 Capital Outlay Budget. Because usual capital expenses are being financed through the bond issue, this allows funds from the Capital Outlay Budget to be used on the DAC. By combining the two projects and funding methods, the district is able to take advantage of the maximum state aid and help decrease the local burden to patrons of USD 202.

If the bond issue for the new middle school and the various capital improvements district wide does not pass, the DAC would not be constructed as those funds would be needed for the planned repairs.

When would construction begin?

If the bond passes in January work on the DAC would begin in October of 2019 with plans to use during the 2020-2021 school year. The new middle school construction would begin in January of 2020 with plans to occupy for the 2021-2022 school year. District-wide projects could begin as soon as summer of 2019.

How and where do I vote?

Be sure to confirm that you are registered to vote or get registered to vote at

This is a mail-only election. There will be no open polling places on Election Day.

If you have registered to vote no later than December 31st, 2018, you will automatically receive a ballot by mail from the Wyandotte County Election Office. If you register to vote after December 31st but before the voter registration deadline on January 8th, you must request a ballot. The Election Office will begin mailing ballots to voters on January 9th, 2019. To be counted, voted ballots must be returned by mail or in person to the Election Office by 12 Noon on January 29th. Ballots which are postmarked by 12 Noon on January 29th will count if received by the Election Office by Friday, February 1st, 2019.

  • December 31st, 2018: Deadline to register to vote and automatically receive a ballot by mail.
  • January 8th, 2019: Voter registration deadline.
  • January 9th, 2019: Ballots mailed for registered voters who are registered on or before December 31st.
  • January 22nd, 2019: Deadline to request a ballot by mail.
  • January 29th, 2019: Election Day at 12 Noon
    • Deadline to return a voted ballot; if mailed must be postmarked by 12 Noon.
  • February 1st: Last day for postmarked ballots to be received by the Election Office.

How is this a "no tax increase" bond issue?

The district is able to raise the needed funds without a tax increase due to paying off the bonds used to build Turner High School (which opened in 2001), increased assessed valuation in the district, and a 44% state aid contribution.

Is this the right time to be asking for a bond issue?

The State of Kansas limits the amount of bonds that can be issued each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). That limit fluctuates annually based on the new debt issued and the old debt that is paid off. This fiscal year, there were fewer requests for funds than the state had allotted allowing everyone who applied to qualify for an election.

As we talk with our neighboring districts and officials at the state level, we are hearing that next fiscal year, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 there will be several large districts proposing bond issues that will easily use up the funds allotted by the state legislature for school construction.

So the vote on January 29, 2019 is perfectly timed to allow our patrons to decide on the proposed projects. After that, we are not sure when our next chance will be to bring the projects back to a vote of patrons.

What about baseball?

Improvements were made to the baseball field during the 2017-2018 school year. New lights were installed and the wood bleachers were converted to aluminum.

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What happens if the bond issue does not pass?

Turner Middle School has dominated the expenditures from the Capital Outlay Fund over the last few years. If the bond does not pass, the district will be forced to use the Capital Outlay Fund to address the issues related to the maintenance and upkeep of the building without making any changes to the learning environment at Turner Middle School as well as the other proposed improvements in the bond issue.