Westonka will vote on $22.95M referendum

School board approves ballot language and May 10 special election date

The Westonka School Board authorized a May 10 school district vote on a $22,959,000 referendum question at the board’s Jan. 25 meeting.

If approved by the voters, the bond would fund the construction of a performing
arts center and community athletics and recreation center, estimated to cost $7.5 and $15.45 million, respectively.

According to the resolution approved by the school board, the ballot question will read, “Should the school board of Independent School District No. 277 (Westonka) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $22,950,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a performance arts center and community athletic and recreation center addition to the high school facility? By voting “yes” on this ballot
question you are voting for a property tax increase.”

The special election will take place Tuesday, May 10, with voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting will take place at the Westonka Educational Service Center and Mount Olive Church.

Which location an individual must vote at is determined by which of the district’s precincts the individual lives in.

Other than a quick question about the number of polling places, there was no discussion on the resolution before it was passed unanimously by the school board members present – Kelle Bowe, Ralph Harrison, Loren Davis and Gary Wollner.

Board members David Botts, Ann Bremer and Gina Smith were not present at the meeting.

This approval follows the recommendation of the district’s facilities committee.

The facilities committee suggested a vote in May and a single referendum question for both the performing arts space and community recreation center.
Previously, at the Jan. 11 board meeting, the school board members voiced support for the facilities committee recommendation, with no one voicing opposition for the now officially-approved bond amount and election date.

At the Jan. 25 school board meeting, no members of the public spoke about the referendum.

Contact Katie Morford at [email protected]