The Camdenton R-III School District is holding the first in a series of informational meetings this week for community members to view the plans for improvements to the schools and ask questions regarding the bond issue that will be voted on April 2.
This week’s meeting will be held Wednesday, March 13 at Hurricane Deck Elementary School on Hwy. 5 at American Legion Rd. in Sunrise Beach.
Come anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to view the plans for improvements and ask district officials questions about the bond issue.
Appetizers and refreshments are being provided at each informational meeting by a citizens committee supporting the bond issue.
Meetings will also be held Monday, March 18, and Thursday, March 21, at Osage Beach Elementary and at Hurricane Deck Elementary again on Tuesday, March 26. All meeting times are 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The board of education has placed a no-tax-increase bond issue for $43 million on the ballot that will fund construction of a new Osage Beach Elementary, a major renovation expansion of Hurricane Deck Elementary and security upgrades to the main campus.
These projects are feasible without a tax increase due to a refinance of lease purchase certificates that originally funded the new high school. Out of the overall levy of $2.87, the district sets aside 16 cents of levy for capital projects. That is in addition to the another 20 cents of the overall levy that funds debt service.
Within the 16-cent-levy capital project fund, 11 cents of levy funds the payment of the lease purchase certificates for the new high school.
Rolling the remaining lease purchase debt - $ 8 million - into the bond issue, the district plans to transfer that 11 cents of levy out of the capital projects fund and add it to the debt service fund. The debt service fund will increase from 20 to 31 cents and will be enough to make the bond payments on the $43 million.
The board needs approval from voters for the issue in order to get tax-exempt bonds that have lower interest rates than lease purchase certificates.
In addition to enhanced security at all buildings, district officials have said the main goal of the construction projects are to provide equal educational adequacy among its elementary facilities and provide space for anticipated future growth.
The Osage Beach and Hurricane Deck schools both received lower educational adequacy scores on a district-wide facility study done in 2010.
Osage Beach Elementary is considered at capacity currently. With the expansion of Hurricane Deck, new attendance boundaries are also proposed for the school that would alleviate potential upcoming capacity issues at Dogwood Elementary in Camdenton as well as provide space for growth in the developing Sunrise Beach area of Hurricane Deck.
The preliminary plan is for Osage Beach Elementary to be a four-part building with a total of 81,845 square feet. The building will house 24 classrooms with a few rooms available for overflow classrooms. In the current plan, Osage Beach Elementary will be a two story school.
Page 2 of 2 - Hurricane Deck will remain a one story building and will utilize some of the existing school to create a total 75,801 square feet. More than 59,000 square feet will be a part of the addition. The plan includes tearing down part of the office area, gymnasium and classrooms that were built in the 1950s, but keeping the newer library area and classroom wing. Hurricane Deck will also have a courtyard between the media center and kindergarten hallway.
Each building will include a gym and cafeteria with a performance area accessible by both. Art and music classrooms are close to the gym and cafeteria so that they can be efficiently used for performances.
The public could have access to certain areas of the buildings after-hours for community functions if needed. Areas of the building can easily be blocked off so that the public does not have access to academic areas.
Osage Beach Elementary is expected to cost more than $20 million while Hurricane Deck comes in right under $14 million. Construction on both buildings is projected to take 14-16 months to complete with a crew at each school. If the ballot measure passes, crews would start work around November 2013 and open the buildings in August 2015.