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R-VI set to vote on a $1.25 million bond

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Voters living within the Community R-VI School District will be asked to approve a school bond issue at no cost to the taxpayers during the upcoming April election.
The district has officially adopted a resolution to put a $1,250,000 proposition for safety and security measures on the ballot.
According to the official resolution, the district is asking voters whether or not it can receive the bond that does not have an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy.
“There is no tax increase,” said Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack. “It’s not going to have to change the debt service at all.”
Mack said the district’s pathway to such a bond was paved by her predecessor, Dr. Arlen Provancha. Dr. Provancha helped the district’s taxpayers save $72,000 in 2008 when a previous bond was refinanced as interest rates dropped.
The $1.25 million bond will include:
• Provision of funds to improve student safety by completing secure entrance modifications
• Replacing hardware on interior doors
• Installing security equipment on busses
• To construct, equip, and furnish a new bus garage
• To complete lighting improvements in the gymnasium and cafeteria
• Electrical upgrades to the vocational/agricultural and concession buildings
• Parking lot improvements
•(To the extent funds are available)-Complete heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements to the gymnasium
• Other construction, remodeling, and repair improvements
A Request for Proposals has been awarded to CTS after district officials looked at those received from companies in and out of state.
“(The proposals) tell us the services they offer that matches up with the services that we need,” Mack added. “We gave them scores and we gave preference to Missouri companies over out-of-state companies.”
She said the need for the upgrades were realized after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
At that time, the district formed a committee of parents, teachers, students, community mem-bers, board members, and administration officials to take a hard look at the safety needs of the district.
During several meetings, a list was compiled then prioritized with safety and security measures as the focal point.
“Our main focus is on the entry ways,” Mack said. “What we want to try to do is to change entries so we have a main entry for the high school side and a main entry for the elementary school side.”
Though still in the preliminary stages of planning, one idea is to create a small parking at the front of the school. This would allow patrons to park in front to use one main door for the high school.
They could also walk under the canopy area towards the elementary school for a possible main entrance there.
Mack said there are hardware issues with the doors. Currently, staff has to step outside the building to lock the doors, something that would need to be changed.
Plans include a double door entry where a secretary can see whose coming in. A buzzer system will likely be installed.
She also noted the need for a bus barn. Today’s busses are too big for the current set up. Those working on busses during the winter time, for example, have to keep the barn door open as the busses are too big to shut the door.
There may also be consideration for a pole barn to protect the front end of the busses.
She said modifications to the gymnasium will only take place if money remains from the bond.
She said any changes would help come graduation.