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Olathe voters easily pass school bond package

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- Olathe residents gave overwhelming approval to a $244.8 million school bond issue that will be used for new schools and improved school security.

Unofficial results of Tuesday's election showed the issue passed with over 77 percent approval. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1bvl98b ) it is the 11th consecutive bond package voters have approved in a district that has been growing for 40 years.

Superintendent Marlin Berry said the district will now buy 80 acres and begin planning for a $114.4 million high school. The district also plans to build its 36th elementary school.

New security measures include tightening access to some of the schools, more indoor and outdoor cameras and more keyless entries for first responders.

The bonds will not require an increase in the school district's property tax levy.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com