On Tuesday, March 13, Elkhorn voters approved a $149.615 million bond measure with more than 64 percent of voters in favor of the measure.
In addition to a new high school, middle school, and elementary school, the bond will fund expansion at Blue Sage Elementary and the district stadium. Funds will also be used to purchase land for the future schools and various renovation projects across the district.
Elkhorn’s 3rd high school and 12th elementary school will open in 2020, with the 5th middle school opening in 2021. The land for the elementary and middle school has not yet been purchased.
Elkhorn’s remarkable growth was the primary reason for the bond issue. The Elkhorn Public Schools are growing 6-8% annually, adding 600-700 new students that come to our doors in August that were not here the May prior. Over 4,200 lots are currently available for construction.
In the last decade, the Elkhorn Public School District has doubled its enrollment and opened eight new schools to accommodate the rapid growth. Today, Elkhorn enrolls more than 9,000 K-12 students and is currently the 7th largest school district in Nebraska. Likely, Elkhorn will be the 5th largest school district after the start of the next school year.
One our greatest strengths is the partnership the district shares with our community. This bond issue marks the 11th time since 1992 voters have partnered with the school district to make the educational needs of our students a top priority.
This is the outcome needed in response to our growth; now, it is our job to continue being responsible stewards of the taxpayer dollars that our community has invested.