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April 2: Proposition K.I.D.S.

Carl Junction Schools Propose Proposition K.I.D.S.: A No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue for April Ballot

 

Carl Junction, MO – January 31, 2024 – The Carl Junction Board of Education announces its proposal for Proposition K.I.D.S. (Keep Improving District Schools), a no-tax-increase bond issue slated for the April 2 ballot. This $18.5 million initiative prioritizes safety and security enhancements while addressing critical upgrades across various district facilities.

 

Safety remains paramount in the district's vision for the future. Proposition K.I.D.S. allocates funds for essential safety and security improvements to the Primary K-1, Primary 2-3, and Instructional Services Center, alongside enhancements to all school entrances. Furthermore, the proposal encompasses the construction of a new classroom facility and improvements to the School Farm. Notably, it includes a dedicated facility for the Air Force Junior ROTC and Archery programs and the repositioning and installation of turf for the baseball, softball, and football/soccer practice fields.

 

"This initiative underscores our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students," stated Board President Larry Cowger. "By addressing identified areas for improvement, particularly in building entrances, through Proposition K.I.D.S., we're taking proactive steps to create a secure learning environment."

 

Beyond safety enhancements, Proposition K.I.D.S. extends its scope to encompass upgrades to existing facilities. Renovation of the Intermediate Building kitchen, subdividing the old Primary 2-3 cafeteria into four classrooms, resolving water drainage issues at the Bus Barn, transitioning to energy-efficient LED lighting district-wide, and ongoing maintenance of HVAC systems and roofs are among the planned improvements.

 

Importantly, passage of the $18.5 million bond issue will not result in increased taxes for residents. The district intends to fund these improvements by selling general obligation bonds, with the current bond debt extended for up to ten years to secure the necessary funds.

 

Superintendent Phillip Cook emphasized the collaborative effort behind the proposal: "Since August, stakeholders, including board members, administrators, and program leaders, have diligently collaborated with architects from Corner Greer & Associates and financial advisors from LJ Hart and Associates. This collective effort has resulted in a comprehensive plan prioritizing student safety and supporting student-driven programs such as VoAg, archery, and JROTC."

Pending voter approval on April 2, construction is slated to begin during the summer, with completion scheduled for the start of the 2025 school year.

 

For further information or inquiries, please contact Dr. Phillip Cook at pcook@cjr1.org.