The current junior high school is connected to Kings High School on Columbia Road, and under the proposed construction plan, a new and bigger junior high building would be located on the same high school and junior high combined campus.
The new junior high, however, would be about 200 yards farther south on the campus in acreage now used for baseball and softball fields.
The current junior high would be demolished to allow expansion and renovation of the high school, including a new gym and cafeteria.
The new junior high would be a three-story building housing grades 6 through 8.
If approved by voters on Nov. 5, the new school is projected to open in time for the start of the 2023-24 school year.
The 4.96-mill bond issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $180 annually.
Kings officials said in the last half decade, the district has seen an increase of nearly 500 students. And during the next eight years, enrollment in the Kings district is projected to surpass 5,000 students, which would be almost double the enrollment in 1991.
Kings is consistently one of the top-academic performing schools in Southwest Ohio and among the state. The school system, which includes communities in Kings Mills, Landon, South Lebanon as well as Deerfield Township in Warren County, has also been lauded in some national studies as having a high school in the top 100 across the nation.
Kings Board of Education President Peggy Phillips said, “the bond issue will help the district manage growth in our student enrollment while continuing the academic focus of preparing students for their future.”