FAQs

How was the bond project list determined?
The bond project list was developed through the district strategic planning process, which involved facilities studies and broad engagement community input. Click here to learn more about the process. 

Why is the district holding a bond election? 
With numerous buildings 50-years-old or older, buildings are in need of routine maintenance and repair. Many were built before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. The district currently has $750 million in identified facility needs. This is an option to address needed repairs, provide necessary and ongoing maintenance, strive to increasingly comply with ADA without bond-supported funds, and follow a strategy in support of our mission, beliefs, and objectives. Maintenance must continue in order to keep these aging buildings in excellent shape and provide the best learning environment for our students.

The district maintains 47 school facilities, five sports facilities, and four support facilities.

This bond proposal also provides a pathway to free up funding in the operating fund to hire additional secondary teachers and better support student learning.

When is the last day I can register to vote? 
December 28, 2020 is the last date citizens may register to vote  and automatically receive a mail-in ballot. Those who register from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 must complete a special application to receive a ballot by mail. Jan. 5, 2021 is the last day a person can register to vote on the Shawnee Mission School District bond election. For more information about the registration process, visit the Johnson County Election Office website, www. jocoelection.org or call (913) 782-3441.

Will my ballot be mailed to me? 
A ballot will be mailed to all registered voters in the Shawnee Mission School District around Jan. 6, 2021. Simply mark your choice on the ballot, sign, and send it back in the postage paid envelope that will accompany the ballot.

What is the percentage of votes required for the bond to pass? 
The bond requires a simple majority of votes, 51% to pass. 

Who is making the decision? 
The Shawnee Mission Board of Education initiated the Strategic Planning Process in 2018. A steering committee formed to develop the overview of the Strategic Plan, which included five strategies.

One of the strategies identified was that “We will strategically focus resources to support state-of-the-art facilities to accomplish our beliefs, mission, and objectives.”

A Strategic Planning Action Team developed a facilities action plan.

At their recommendation, a district facilities task force was formed to evaluate and determine proposals for potential facility needs. The task force is gathering feedback from community forums as it considers potential facility improvements. Information from this process will be provided to the Superintendent for consideration in recommending a Bond issue proposal to the Board of Education.

What we are doing now is providing detail so more people, can review, understand, consider, and provide feedback. 

How do you decide which buildings will get improvements and which ones won’t? 
A site evaluation report was conducted using an industry-accepted scoring rubric. The evaluation included the 10 oldest elementary schools, high schools and middle schools, Horizons and the district’s early childhood center. The evaluation included:
Building site
Structural
Mechanical
Plant Maintainability
Building Safety and Security
Educational Adequacy
Environment for Education

This evaluation provided a sense of urgent needs and what future needs include.

Why is the district considering rebuilding elementary schools and not renovating them? Or why wasn’t my elementary school selected for rebuilding?
The buildings being considered for rebuild are aging buildings with increasing maintenance needs. Through the evaluation process, using a variety of criteria (including safety, maintainability, and educational adequacy) it has been determined it will be more cost effective to rebuild.

The schools selected were the schools identified with the most needs in the site evaluations. 

Why are you considering restroom renovations? 
Proposed renovations and improvements to restrooms would allow increased privacy, which is a standard we want to provide for each of our students.