The Board of Education of Oxford USD No. 358 by resolution has scheduled an election requesting the authority to issue no more than $6 million in general obligation bonds to construct additions and make other improvements to District buildings in Oxford. The election will be on November 6th in conjunction with the general election.

The USD 358 school district has formed a volunteer K.I.D.S. (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee to gather and distribute information about the District’s challenges, the proposed solutions, and the tax impact of the bond issue proposal. The goal of the USD 358 KIDS Committee is that every patron and voter in the District have adequate and accurate information to make an informed decision about the bond on Election Day.

The KIDS Committee has scheduled public information meetings as follows:

Sunday, October 7th 3 PM Oxford High School Auditorium Thursday, October 11th 6:30 PM Geuda Springs Community Building Sunday, October 28th 3 PM Oxford High School Auditorium

Refreshments will be provided and tours of buildings will also be offered following the presentation.

The bond issue proposal was developed by a Facilities Steering Committee that has met many times in recent months. They toured existing buildings, prioritized facility and education needs for today and the future and considered resources and costs. The Committee considered possible projects totaling more than $13 million but cut the list to a more affordable $6 million proposal. The Committee identified 3 main areas for improvement targets: (1) safety and security of students and staff; (2) updates and repairs to extend the efficiency and life of buildings; and (3) additional educational space at the Elementary School.

The original portion of Oxford Elementary Schools was constructed in 1930. The original portions of the Junior-Senior High School and Fine Arts Building were built in 1967—more than 50 years ago. With much hard use and age, these buildings need upgrades and improvements to continue as quality educational assets for USD 358.

The KIDS Committee is encouraging all eligible patrons to register, if necessary, to be able to vote on this important question for the future of USD 358 Schools. Key dates to remember are:

October 16 --Voter Registration Books Close
October 17 --Advance Ballots Mailed
October 17 – Advance Voting in Person Begins
October 30 – Deadline to apply for Advance Ballots
November 5 – Advance Voting in Person Ends at 12:00 Noon November 6 – Election Day with polls open from 7 AM to 7PM

Eligible residents may register to vote at the Sumner County Courthouse or at the Oxford City offices.

Where will I vote?

Voters residing in:

the City of Oxford, Oxford Township and Valverde Township— the Townships of Avon, Greene, and Harmon—
Gore Township –
Palestine Township –

the City of Geuda Springs and Walton Township – Beaver Township –
Bolton Township and City of Geuda Springs – Ninnescah Township –

Will vote at:

Oxford Lions Club
Wellington Knights of Columbus Mulvane Emergency Services Building Belle Plaine Community Center
Geuda Springs Comm. Activity Building Pleasant Valley Township Hall
Bolton Township Hall
Udall Community Building

The November 6 Ballot will state:

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall Unified School District No. 358, Sumner County, Kansas (Oxford), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,000,000 to pay the costs to acquire, construct, equip and furnish the following additions, renovations and improvements to District sites and buildings:

(a)  An addition to the existing Oxford Junior-Senior High School to create new locker rooms to also function as storm shelter areas for the building and a connecting hallway to the Fine Arts Building;

(b)  Improvements to the existing Oxford Junior-Senior High School including new roofing, tuck- pointing of exterior walls, remodeling of rest rooms, and improvements to the building for enhanced security;

(c)  Improvements to the existing Fine Arts Building at the Oxford Junior-Senior High School site including some roof repairs, tuck-pointing of exterior walls, remodel of the lobby, upgrades to restrooms, Auditorium upgrades to electrical, flooring, seating, and stage lighting, replacement of the gymnasium floor, renovations and upgrades to the Shop area including improved ventilation, and create new access to the Shop from he Drafting Room;

(d)  An addition to the existing Oxford Elementary School to create 2 new classrooms, a hallway and a new library hardened to also function as a storm shelter for the building;

(e)  Improvements to the existing Oxford Elementary School including tuck-pointing of exterior walls, replacement of most windows, improvements for enhanced security of the main entrance, new flooring surface for the gymnasium, and electrical upgrades to the stage;

(f)  All other necessary improvements appurtenant thereto;
and pay the costs of issuance and interest on said general obligation bonds of the District during construction of the project; all pursuant to the appropriate Kansas Statutes.

Anyone having questions about the bond proposal may call USD 358 Superintendent Dr. Cathi Wilson at the District offices (455-2227).