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Past, future growth in Elkhorn prompts bond vote

Elkhorn Public Schools seeks nearly $150 million
Posted at 8:18 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 09:25:34-05

ELKHORN, Neb. (KMTV) - Growth and expansion are some of the driving forces behind a district's latest bond proposal.

Elkhorn Public Schools are currently building it's 11th elementary school slated to open in August, but already Superintendent Dr. Bary Habrock is ready to build more schools.

"This is a bond issue - that is due to our growth - brings us to our third high school, our fifth middle school and our twelfth elementary," he told 3 News Now recently during a tour of the new Blue Sage Elementary School.

The nearly $150 million dollar bond would also be used to purchase land for future schools and several projects for remodels and additions like expanding the stadium and updating lights and ceilings at three schools.

While empty lots are seen throughout the area and construction on subdivisions are at various stages, Dr. Habrock said he wants voters to know the bond proposal isn't focused on the future.

A study for the district shows enrollment grew by an average of seven percent a year over the last two decades.

The district isn't the only one in the area asking voters to weigh-in on the bond, so are Bennington Public Schools.

Voters in both areas have until Tuesday to submit their mail-in ballots.