Community volunteers who support the proposed bond issues for Great Bend USD 428 have been sharing information and registering voters at public events prior to the August 6 voter registration deadline.
According to USD 428 Public Information Director Andrea Bauer, the Committee for Safe Schools is organizing the events but their voter registration efforts are neutral.
Volunteers will be in the Barton County Courthouse Square starting at 7 Tuesday, July 16, prior to the Great Bend City Band Concert.
In some instances, the volunteers have information boards available for reference that contain the key elements of the bond election and the proposed facility improvements. The information is also available USD 428’s website, www.greatbendschools.net, under the “Bond” link at the top of the page.
Committee members Katie Zimmerman, Julie Spray and school board member Susan Young ran the booth during last week’s Summer Street Stroll. Volunteers were also at the Great Bend Public Library Monday morning.
“While they registered a few new voters, they also answered questions about the logistics of the mail-in ballot for registered voters,” Bauer said.
All registered voters within the school boundary are eligible to vote on two bond questions. Question One seeks $41.75 million for renovations and new construction throughout the school district. This includes a new wing for sixth graders at Great Bend Middle School, making room for preschool classes at all five elementary schools. The proposal also includes new safe rooms and other projects. If Question One is approved, Question Two seeks an additional $3.12 million for a new gymnasium at the middle school.
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on Aug. 20 for the Sept. 5 election deadline.