SPS Board Seeking Citizen Input on Bond Issue

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–After a bond measure failed to pass that would have benefited Springfield Public Schools, the school board is now trying something different. 

Members are recruiting 20 to 30 citizens to provide input on what projects should be included on the next bond issue. 

They are looking for a diverse group of parents with kids attending a variety of schools across Springfield so that different perspectives are offered on how schools should be upgraded.

“Recognize the structure of a classroom in 1950 and 1960 and 1990 is not the same as the kind of classroom we need now. We just need to be thoughtful about what’s in the best interest of the kids we’re bringing in the system now and we need to do some upgrades to some of these schools that are not in satisfactory shape,” says Jill Patterson, school board president.

Pipkin and Jarrett are two of seventeen schools in Springfield that are in need of building upgrades. It’ll be up to a group selected by the school board to help determine which ones will be on the next bond issue. School board president Jill Patterson hopes that recruiting people to help in the process will unlike last time, ensure it passes when the time comes.

 “To me, the most important thing that I learned when I looked at the reviews were that we did not impress upon people how important this was, how grave the situation was, the poor condition of some of these schools. So I think Dr. Jungmann had an idea that it might be thoughtful to get that input,” says Patterson. 

The group giving input on which schools should be placed on the bond issue will be called Community Task Force On Facilities, but Patterson says their recommendations will be considered carefully.

 “It matters a lot what the input of this group is just like it would matter if any citizen came up and gave me some input, but I’m not sitting here saying that we’re going to do whatever this group comes up with as a project. I want to be responsive to our voting citizens and make sure that I put something out there that they can get behind and support,” says Patterson. 

The Community Task force On Facilities will be providing their input to the school board over the summer.

Also it’s unknown at this time when the board will propose the bond issue.  

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