Wording of the language was finalized for board approval last week, setting the stage for consideration by school district voters at the regular municipal elections Tuesday, April 3.
The official ballot language for a $23 million bond issue for School of the Osage has been approved by the board of education and delivered to election officials in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties.
SOTO has patrons in all three counties.
Wording of the language was finalized for board approval last week, setting the stage for consideration by school district voters at the regular municipal elections Tuesday, April 3. Superintendent Dr. Brent Depeé said the school's bond counsel signed off on the language.
"We thought it would be best if we got as much info out to the public as possible," Dr. Depeé said.
The issue asks voters to approve a 15-cent increase in the district's debt service to raise $23 million for improving safety and security and furnishing, equipping and renovating school facilities at all four buildings. A super majority 4/7ths affirmative vote (or 57.15 percentage) of those casting ballots is required.
•Constructing a new Early Childhood Center near the Heritage Elementary School on vacant property where Mills Elementary was located before the Heritage building was renovated.
•Improving safety and security by reconfiguring traffic access, renovating office space, installing a secured entry and making general improvements at the Upper Elementary School.
•Renovating the auditorium, kitchen, locker rooms, music classrooms and constructing new classrooms at the High School.
•Renovating the existing fieldhouse at the High School to improve the concessions, locker rooms and a restroom area.
•Constructing a new fieldhouse at the High School that will also act as a storm shelter and will contain additional locker rooms, a training room, additional classroom space and a community room.
•Renovating the existing practice facility at the Middle School to provide for a competition soccer facility including outdoor seating and fieldhouse.
•Enlarging the playground area and installing a service elevator at the Heritage Elementary School.
If this question is approved, the district’s debt service property tax levy is estimated to increase from 54.9 cents to 69.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property.
The increase would affect SOTO school district residents as follows:
Residential property assessed at $100,000 market value would pay $28.50 more a year, or $2.38 per month.
Commercial property assessed at $100,000 market value would increase $48 a year or $4 per month.