"Feb 2, 2015 – The Riverton School District is in the final stages of a process that will bring much needed facility improvements as well as safety and security enhancements to the school campus.
The process began more than a year ago when the school board and building-level site councils first started having discussions about the need to return fifth grade students to the main building, the lack of adequate storm shelter for students and faculty, and the need to provide for security enhancements to the campus. The decision was made to proceed and the school district pressed forward with the selection of an architect (Corner Greer Architects of Joplin, MO) and a construction manager (Crossland Construction, Co., Columbus, KS). Since that time, Chad Greer of Corner Greer Architects and Aaron Hight of Crossland Construction have guided the school board and administration through the planning process of collecting feedback and meeting with building-level site councils, teachers, students, and community members. Likewise, the school board solicited the assistance of Patron Insight Inc. who conducted phone and online surveys of school district patrons on their thoughts about the district’s performance, their level of support or opposition to a series of project ideas that were under consideration for the future bond issue, and where they got their school news. Armed with this data, the Riverton U.S.D. 404 Board of Education took action on January 8th voting unanimously to approve Resolution 01082015:
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE CALLING OF A BOND ELECTION IN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 404, CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS (RIVERTON) FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE DISTRICT THE QUESTION OF ISSUING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE DISTRICT; AUTHORIZING THE APPLICATION TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE AUTHORITY TO CALL SAID BOND ELECTION; AND PROVIDING FOR THE GIVING OF NOTICE OF SAID BOND ELECTION.
The following question will appear on the ballot in April:
Shall Unified School District No. 404, Cherokee County, Kansas (Riverton), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $12,350,000, to pay the estimated costs to construct, furnish and equip (a) safety and security improvements to existing District buildings including storm shelters, reconfigured and secured entry, fire alarm and surveillance system and re-key and hardware renovations, (b) improvements and additions to existing District school buildings, including classrooms, multipurpose activity center, restrooms, parking, and cafeteria expansion, (c) classroom communication, water system and air conditioning upgrades, (d) elementary school administration office reconfiguration and middle school administration office relocation, and (e) all other appurtenant improvements in the District; all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10-101 et seq.; K.S.A. 25-2018(f); K.S.A. 72-6761; and K.S.A. 75-2315 et seq.?
As with any bond proposal, the school board knows that there will be questions and concerns for those who live in the Riverton School District. To assist with these questions there will be community meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. Patrons are encouraged to be on lookout for additional information that will be published in The Sentinel-Times, on the school district’s homepage at www.usd404.org, on Facebook (Riverton USD 404) and Twitter (@rivertonrams)."View Press Release