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Springfield Platteview board OKs $35.7 million school bond issue for November ballot

Springfield Platteview board OKs $35.7 million school bond issue for November ballot

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The Springfield Platteview school board voted unanimously Monday to place a $35.7million bond issue before voters on Nov. 12.

The measure, the larger of two proposals the board considered, would provide a number of safety and security upgrades as well as additions and renovations to the district's 40- and 50-year-old buildings, which have seen little updating.

“It's pretty exciting to look at some of the facility upgrades that are needed and to have the support of the community so far,” said Superintendent Brett Richards.

The proposal calls for tornado shelters at each school. An addition connecting the junior and senior high schools would serve as both a tornado shelter and a multipurpose room with locker rooms and fitness facilities. The junior high was built as an elementary school, so it lacks those features.

A $28.6 million option that the board had considered included all projects except the junior-senior high addition.

Richards said the connection between the two buildings would make it safer for students and faculty members going from one building to the other. When conditions are icy, custodians must clear the sloped, paved path between the buildings to prevent falls, he said.

The proposal also provides for secure front entrances for all four schools and enclosing open classrooms at Westmont Elementary and the junior high.

A number of infrastructure upgrades as well as improvements aimed at meeting modern education needs, such as a media center at the high school and space for special education classes at the elementary schools, also are included.

Under the $35.7million proposal, homeowners would pay an additional 25.2 cents per $100 of assessed value, or an increase of $21 a month for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 for tax purposes. The $28.6million proposal would have increased taxes by 19.9 cents, or $16.58 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Richards noted that Springfield Platteview's current property tax levy of $1.08, which the board also approved Monday, is the second-lowest in the 11-district Learning Community.

The bond vote probably will be a mail-in ballot.

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