Voters in the Eldon School District are being asked to approve a $2.5 million bond issue to fund improvements and renovations at existing facilities. The district would borrow the $2.5 million without raising the district’s debt service levy.

Voters in the Eldon School District are being asked to approve a $2.5 million bond issue to fund  improvements and renovations at existing facilities. The district would borrow the $2.5 million without raising the district’s debt service levy. That levy is currently set at  The Eldon R-1 School District will have a no-tax increase ballot measure on the April 7 ballot that would allow the district to borrow money to add new facilities and renovate existing ones.

The district would borrow $2.5 million to construct, equip and furnish additional classrooms at the middle school; replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; renovate the middle school band room; install new playground equipment; construct, equip and furnish an animal laboratory at the high school; complete other repairs and improvements to existing facilities; and issue bonds for the payment.

If this proposition is approved, the district's adjusted debt service levy is estimated to remain at its current amount of $.5100 per $100 of assessed valuation. The district’s current total levy is $3.7251 with $3.2151 of that designated for operations. 

Superintendent Matt Davis said the Eldon School Board approved The Architects Alliance to begin the design phase of six new classrooms along the south façade main level with an unfinished basement at the Middle School campus. Access to the basement area would be through the existing locker rooms and exterior ramps and stairs. This option allows for three-competition size wrestling mats in the lower level space.

The benefits of building on the south façade at the Middle School are that it allows for a dedicated area for 6th-grade students who will the moved over from the Upper Elementary building.  The classroom size is similar to what is already at the Middle School. The district will not have to build additional restrooms with this addition because existing facilities are available in that end of the building. 

Davis said the addition will not affect any current parking spaces or traffic flow at the Middle School and the construction process on the south end will have the least impact on instruction at this location.

By choosing the two-story option at the Middle School, this will give an additional gym space at the elementary campus for  elementary students in the after school program. During the long winter months, having a space, where kids can play, is an added benefit for their mental and physical health, Davis said. 

“The district will also be adding an animal classroom onto the existing Agriculture Center. This will allow our instructors the opportunity to bring in live animals for instruction. Several of our students in the agriculture program have not been exposed to large animals and we are excited about providing this experience,” he said. “As our preschool program continues to grow, we look to add additional playground equipment for them on the elementary campus.Finally, we look to replace the twenty-two-year-old HVAC system at Upper Elementary with newer energy-efficient systems.”

The ballot language:

Proposition Together We Rise

Shall the Board of Education of the Eldon R-I School District, Missouri, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow money in the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000) for the purpose of providing funds for the betterment of school facilities including but not limited to: to construct, equip, and furnish additional classrooms at the Middle School; to increase energy efficiency through replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; to renovate the Middle School band room; to install new playground equipment; to construct, equip, and furnish an animal laboratory at the High School; to complete other repairs and improvements to existing facilities of the District; and issue bonds for the payment thereof? 

If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged at $0.5100 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.