Voters Historically Show Support for Bond Issues

  • Voters in the Olathe School District have shown their support for education through the decades by voting for bond issues to provide everything from additional schools to new technology, safety features to land for future growth.

Bond History

  • October 1965

    $3.5 million

    • Construct: Northview Elementary, Santa Fe Trail Junior High

    April 1971

    $3.5 million

    • Construct: Rolling Ridge and Havencroft elementary schools
    • Additions: Meadow Lane Elementary, Olathe North High School
    • Purchase sites: Olathe North High School, Meadow Lane Elementary

    September 1974

    $5.3 million

    • Construct: Washington Elementary, Oregon Trail Junior High, Developmental Learning Center
    • Additions: Meadow Lane, Havencroft and Rolling Ridge elementary schools, Food Service

    August 1976

    $4.25 million

    • Construct: Scarborough and Black Bob elementary schools
    • Additions: Olathe North High School, Washington, Fairview and Northview elementary schools
    • Purchase sites: Scarborough and Black Bob elementary schools, Olathe South High School

    November 1978

    $15.5 million

    • Construct: Prairie Center and Tomahawk elementary schools, Olathe South High School, Indian Trail Junior High
    • Additions: Vocational
    • Purchase sites: Indian Trail Junior High, Prairie Center, Tomahawk and Indian Creek elementary schools

    April 1982

    $5.19 million (failed)

    • Two elementary schools, add to Developmental Learning Center, sites

    October 1983

    $15.35 million

    • Construct: Brougham, Indian Creek and Walnut Grove elementary schools, Pioneer Trail Junior High
    • Additions: Developmental Learning Center, Olathe South High School
    • Purchase sites: Brougham and Walnut Grove elementary schools, Pioneer Trail Junior High

    September 1986

    $35.5 million

    • photo of administrators breaking ground for Olathe West Construct: Briarwood, Countryside and Heritage elementary schools, Frontier Trail Junior High, Food Service, Instructional Materials Center, Warehouse, Activity Center
    • Additions: Developmental Learning Center, Olathe North and Olathe South high schools, Santa Fe Trail Junior High, Westview, Central, Rolling Ridge, Tomahawk, Havencroft, Prairie Center, Black Bob, Washington and Scarborough elementary schools
    • Purchase sites: Activity Center; Senior High #3, Briarwood and Countryside elementary schools, Instructional Materials Center, Frontier Trail Junior High, Olathe North High School

    June 1989

    $40.5 million

    • Construct: Olathe East High School, Mahaffie, Pleasant Ridge and Green Springs elementary schools
    • Additions: Fairview, Northview and Meadow Lane elementary schools, Olathe North High School, Santa Fe Trail Junior High

    April 1994

    $58.8 million (approved by 59 percent)

    • Construct: Heatherstone and Bentwood elementary schools, California Trail Junior High, Education Center, 22 additions, $12.5 million in technology, soccer fields, $2 million for repairs and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) renovations
    • Purchase sites: Three elementary schools and one junior high

    October 1997

    $123.72 million (approved by 71.2 percent)

    • Construct: Cedar Creek, Regency Place, Sunnyside and Arbor Creek elementary schools, Chisholm Trail Junior High, Olathe Northwest High School, College Boulevard Activity Center, elementary multipurpose rooms, $12 million for WAN and LAN technologies
    • Purchase sites: Five elementaries, one junior high and one senior high

    November 2000

    $60 million (approved by 72.9 percent)

    • Construct: Manchester Park Elementary, Prairie Trail Junior High, finish College Boulevard Activity Center, additions to current senior highs, alternative education facilities; $4.5 for WAN and LAN technologies, additional sites, 21st Century High School Programs and numerous repairs and renovations

    September 9, 2003 mail-in ballots

    $73.5 million (approved by 59.83 percent)

    • Construct: Three elementary schools and a special education facility
    • Purchase sites: Four elementary schools, two junior high schools and one high school
    • Technology: New and existing schools
    • Safety and security upgrades: All schools
    • Multipurpose rooms: Havencroft, Meadow Lane and Northview elementary schools, Frontier Trail, Indian Trail, Oregon Trail and Pioneer Trail junior highs
    • Upgrades, repairs and renovations to existing schools
    • Renovation of Heartland Learning Center
    • Additions: Sunnyside and Heatherstone elementaries, and the Service Center.

    October 16, 2007 mail-in ballots

    Question 1 for $138 million (approved by 65 percent)

    • Construct: Junior high at 127th and Lake Shore Drive; two elementary schools at locations TBD; design and construction plans for High School 5; Technology Support Center; Vocational Education Center
    • Purchase sites: Four elementary school sites
    • Additions: California Trail Junior High, Countryside, Havencroft, Indian Creek and Manchester Park elementary schools, and two additional schools (to be determined based on enrollment patterns).
    • Refurbishing: Heartland Learning Center; Central, Ridgeview and Washington elementary schools; Olathe North High School
    • Maintenance projects: windows at Central, Fairview, Meadow Lane, Northview, Washington and Westview elementary schools, Frontier Trail, Pioneer Trail and Santa Fe Trail junior highs and Olathe North High School; heating/air conditioning at Black Bob, Briarwood, Brougham, Countryside, Fairview, Havencroft, Heritage, Prairie Center, Rolling Ridge, Tomahawk and Walnut Grove elementary schools, Heartland Learning Center, Olathe North and Olathe South high schools; roofing at Black Bob, Countryside, Fairview, Havencroft, Heritage, Meadow Lane, Scarborough and Washington elementary schools, Frontier Trail, Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail junior high schools, Olathe South, Food Production Center, Heartland Learning Center, Instructional Resource Center, Olathe District Activity Center; asphalt and concrete at Bentwood, Black Bob, Brougham, Cedar Creek, Countryside, Fairview, Havencroft, Heatherstone, Heritage, Indian Creek, Mahaffie, Meadow Lane, Pleasant Ridge, Prairie Center, Regency Place, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Scarborough, Sunnyside, Walnut Grove, Washington and Westview elementary schools, California Trail, Chisholm Trail, Indian Trail, Oregon Trail, Pioneer Trail and Santa Fe Trail junior high schools, Olathe North, Olathe Northwest and Olathe South high schools, Food Production Center, Heartland Learning Center, Instructional Resource Center, Education Center, Operations Service Center, West Dennis Support Center; flooring at Bentwood, Black Bob, Brougham, Briarwood, Cedar Creek, Central, Countryside, Fairview, Green Springs, Havencroft, Heritage, Mahaffie, Meadow Lane, Northview, Scarborough, Walnut Grove and Westview elementary schools, California Trail, Frontier Trail, Oregon Trail and Pioneer Trail junior high schools, Olathe
      North and Olathe South high schools; ceilings / lighting at Central, Fairview, Meadow Lane, Northview, Pleasant Ridge, Rolling Ridge and Westview elementary schools, Frontier Trail, Oregon Trail and Pioneer Trail junior high schools, Olathe South.
    • Technology: $11.9 million for new and existing schools, including digital classrooms for older elementary schools similar to newer schools; network infrastructure

    October 16, 2007 mail-in ballots

    Question 2, Increase Local Option Budget to 31 percent (approved by 57.5 percent)

    Nov. 4, 2008 General Election

    $68 million (approved by 58.8 percent)

    • Additions: All four high schools to accommodate freshmen students

    June 11, 2013

    $244.8 million (approved by 77 percent)

    • Construct: A fifth high school and 36th elementary school.
    • Purchase Sites: Sites for future schools including land for a sixth high school.
    • photo of boy using computers Technology: Replace hardware and catch up on deferred replacements, upgrade and enhance digital classrooms to acquire newer versions of proven devices or next generation devices, increase student access to technology by enhancing the district’s device foundation, and upgrade infrastructure and network hardware.
    • Safety and Security: Transitioning the district’s final set of elementary schools from classrooms without doors to classrooms with doors, creating secured building entrances at elementary schools with the main office serving as pinch points, and creating secured event entrances at many of the district’s middle schools. Additional safety and security features include installing more keyless entries, exterior and interior cameras and additional alarms, among other safety initiatives.
    • Aging Facility Projects: Upgrading and replacing aged HVAC systems, taking care of exterior needs including masonry and replacement of aged windows and doors, replacing aged lighting fixtures, ceilings and retractable walls, upgrading bathrooms, and improving specialized instructional space. In addition, improvements at the district’s activity centers, including converting to synthetic fields.

    June 7, 2016

    $156 million (approved by 72.3 percent)

    • Construct: A 10th middle school and renovations to Millcreek Learning Center to accommodate growth of the Prairie Learning Center.
    • Purchase Sites: Site for the district’s 10th middle school.
    • Technology: New and replacement student technology devices, audio visual equipment and telecommunications equipment; improve the technology infrastructure and support applications; equip the district’s 36th elementary school and 10th middle school with technology.
    • Safety and Security: Upgrading keyless entry system districtwide and adding card readers, upgrading or replacing interior and exterior security cameras including high schools and district activity centers, improving front door security at high schools, and installing resilient gym flooring at elementary schools.
    • Aging Facility Projects: Improvements to high school auditoriums, replacing flooring, gymnasium repairs and floor replacement, improving lighting at district activity centers, masonry at one school, warehouse expansion for one district activity center, many repair projects including classroom and restroom renovations, renovations at five middle schools, science room renovations at three middle schools, replacing windows and exterior doors, replacing aged HVAC systems, roofs and track surfaces.