The Geary County USD 475 School Board recently approved a site for a new $35 million dollar early childhood center.

The board voted unanimously on Oct. 26 to build the center on the site of the former Junction City High School property. The 24-classroom facility could break ground before the end of the current school year. District officials will be meeting with a facilities committee soon to discuss a five year plan for the remaining parcels on the property, which includes the old turf football field and track.

Board member Jason Butler says with such a large investment, the district needs to ensure the new facility fits the community and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Board member Ron Johnson says he too wants a plan for the remaining parcels.

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The board entered into a lease purchase agreement in early October that will allow the district to use federal impact aid to pay back the loan within 10 years at a 4.5% interest rate.


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