What is Capital Outlay?

Capital Outlay is a special fund that can only be used by schools for certain large purchases allowed by law.  While the ballot question lists all of the legal uses schools in Kansas can use the money for, USD 247 will be using the money to increase the safety, security and accessibility of USD 247 facilities for students, staff and patrons, as well as for other required or necessary student needs.  Specifically, it would be used for items including:

  • $105,000 –Share of a tornado safe room at Southeast Elementary School.
  • $25,000 – Computers and iPads.  SHS students who pay all 4 years of tech fees keep their iPad upon graduation.
  • $25,000 – 50 new band uniforms. Uniforms should be replaced every 15 years and must allow for students of various sizes.  Current uniforms are 20 years old and only 15 are complete.
  • $100,000 to $150,000 – ADA compliance required by the Office of Civil Rights.  Facilities built in 90’s and 2000’s were not built to ADA requirements already in effect.
  • $80,000 – Annual purchase of one bus a year through 2030 as required by Kansas statute. Buses may not be used by schools once they are 25 years old.
  • $100,000 (current) to $129,000 (2025) – Annual payments towards the 2008 energy efficiency and facility improvement loan. On a balloon payment plan. Final payment in 2025.
  • $60,000 – Routine maintenance to roofs, HVAC, transportation and other normal repair/equipment expenses.
  • Up to $450,000 – Eventually must redo SHS track surface.
  • Up to $450,000 – Eventually must redo SHS parking lot surface.
  • Any other unexpected expenses that come up (e.g. damages/repairs not covered by insurance).
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