SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Before voting on Proposition S, community members will have multiple opportunities to tour schools that need improvements, which would be funded if the proposed bond issue is approved April 2. The tours will be led by members of the Community Task Force on Facilities, which studied the condition of SPS schools and recommended that the school district seek funding for 39 high-priority projects.
Informational presentations are also scheduled during these events, which will provide participants more information about the proposed 18-cent increase to the debt-service levy to fund the school improvements. Projects include creating safer entrances at 31 schools, renovating or reconstructing 6 schools and adding classroom space to expand preschool. All projects are projected to be completed by 2022.
The school improvements would cost less than 10 cents a day in additional property taxes for a home with a market value of $100,000. Property taxes are the primary funding source public schools can use to pay for major capital improvements.
Community members are invited to attend the following tours:
- Jarrett Middle School – Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. – Tour, 7 p.m. – Presentation
- Boyd Elementary School – Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. – Tour, 6 p.m. – Presentation
- Hillcrest High School – Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m. – Tour, 6:30 p.m. – Presentation
- Williams Elementary School, Thursday, March 7, 5 p.m. – Presentation, 5:30 p.m. – Tour
- Sunshine Elementary School – Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m. – Tour, 6:30 p.m. – Presentation
- Delaware Elementary School – Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. – Tour, 6 p.m. – Presentation