When Saint Jo residents head to the polls in November, they’ll be voting on a $6.6 million school bond district leaders say will bring new and big things to the campus.
The bond, If approved, will improve a lot of things around campus, from security all the way to remodeling some of the buildings. Something school officials say is long overdue.
The bond has been in the works for a couple of years and Superintendent Curtis Eldridge says a lot of changes would be made.
“We’ve started a comprehensive reassessment of the district some two years ago. Safety and security is key and paramount in this bond. As well as an expansion of the elementary. We will add additional high school classrooms, expansion of our AG science or what’s known as your career and tech program,” Superintendent Eldridge said.
Parents we spoke with are thankful steps are being taken to make the school safer.
“It’s been a long time coming, I wish it had happened earlier but I am very very thankful that it’s happening now. They’ve gone through all of the steps. Thought of just about everything that you could think of to help secure our kids and our school,” Heather Hacker said.
“We have never been able to lock our doors. This year we are but it will be really nice to have all of our school under one roof. Right now our students have to go outside to go to the library and they have to go outside to go to the cafeteria. So, I think having everyone under one roof will provide a safer environment,” Elementary Principal Denise Thurman said.
This year’s enrollment is at 300 which is the highest since 2005-2006 and Principal Thurman said adding classrooms is important because the class sizes are getting too big.
“If the growth continues which we hope it will and we feel like it will. Then we will need to spread some of those classes. We traditionally have had small class sizes and we would like to keep that up,” Principal Thurman said.
Students and parents are ecstatic about the possible changes they say are long overdue.
The bond does come with a tax rate increase! For those with a $100,000 home, the projected annual tax increase is 202.56. The monthly increase comes out to $16.88.
If the bond passes, projects will start next summer and take about 18 months to complete.