PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra School Board has made it official: A $3.5 million bond issue for school improvements will appear on the April 2 election ballot.
The board this week passed a resolution authorizing the referendum. Superintendent Kirt Malone was told to file the proposal with the Marion County clerk to get it placed on the ballot.
The bond issue, dubbed "Proposition 2," essentially will ask voters to allow the district to borrow $3.5 million to carry out a series of construction projects.
According to the proposition, money would be used to construct "an athletic complex with a new all-weather track and activity field;" complete "safety and security access control upgrades" at the high school; renovate the middle school's kitchen and the high school's Vo-Ag Building; build an addition onto the high school weight room to house the wrestling program; renovate and upgrade the elementary school's playground; and complete other remodeling and repair improvements to existing facilities.
Malone says if voters approve the bond issue, residents would not notice any increase in the district's 68-cent debt service levy because the new bonds would replace an existing bond issue that's slated to be paid off in coming months.
The issue will require a fourth-sevenths majority for passage.
Malone told The Herald-Whig the district will form a committee this winter "to start publicizing and communicating information to the community" about the upcoming bond issue.
"Our community has historically been very supportive of the school district," he said. "Our hope is that we continue to see the community support for this bond issue. We feel like it's an important part of our goal to maintain and modernize our facilities."
In other action, the board extended Malone's two-year contract by one year. The contract is now slated to expire June 30, 2021.
The board discussed a proposed school calendar for the 2019-20 academic year. Malone said he expects the calendar to be completed at the board's February meeting, which has been pushed back to Feb. 13 from the regularly scheduled date of Feb. 12.
SClBThe board also:
º Reviewed preliminary drawings for potential Vo-Ag Building renovations.
º Accepted resignations from Ellen Stuhlman, the district's gifted-program teacher, and Leisa Hinkle, a high school business teacher, effective at the end of the school year, both because of retirements.
º Learned that a new hot water containment system was installed in the Palmyra Middle School over Christmas break.