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 USD 294
School Bond

Watch the January 29 
Community Forum


August 30, 2023

Although the results of the August 29 bond election for USD 294 did not go as our school district had hoped, we are grateful to everyone within the Decatur Community district for your engagement throughout this process. I am especially thankful to the volunteers and others who worked diligently to educate the community about the bond and to the community members who attended meetings, asked questions and educated themselves during this year-long process. It is clear to me that our community understands the challenges and benefits of our current facilities and agree it is important to improve the accessibility, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of our buildings for our students.


Early next week, school leaders will meet to discuss how to proceed. The needs of our facilities are not going away, and the costs of construction aren't getting any cheaper.  We will take what we learned from the bond process to come back with a solution that the community can rally around and support.


As we make those plans, I would encourage community members to remain engaged in the process. As you have the opportunity, please complete surveys about why you did or didn't support the bond. Provide input when asked and share your ideas on how to develop a solution that furthers our great Red Devil tradition. Although I know no one facility solution will please everyone, I have faith that we can find an option that a majority of our community supports.


Dr. Joel Applegate

Supt., USD 294 Oberlin



Scroll through the presentation below to learn more about the August 2023 bond proposal. 

The Planning Process

The USD 294 Board of Education evaluated our current buildings.
The goal was to look at how our facilities can help fuel student and community success for the next 50 years, as well as understand challenges of a 96-year-old elementary and 84-year-old junior/high school.

Assess & Define the Need


Develop Concepts, with Community Involvement


Finalize Plans & Costs




Key Documents & Reports

Contact Us

Oberlin USD 294
131 East Commercial
Oberlin, KS  67749


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