Voters to decide on $20 million security renovations at Blue Springs Schools

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Voters will decide if one school district in the Kansas City area will get to improve security at its facilities.

The Blue Springs Board of Education unanimously approved a $20 million bond issue for the improvements Thursday.

If passed, the bond would fund renovations at all four middle schools and some elementary schools built in the 1990s. The security improvements would include moving the offices so they would be the first thing seen upon entering a school, and providing a check-in spot for visitors.

Many of the schools built in that era have offices in the middle of the building.

Cara Anger, a spokesperson for the school district, said the bond won't mean higher taxes.

"It's kind of like a home equity loan," she explained. "We raise funds, sell bonds and it's paid back over years."

This is the second bond issue to go to voters in the last four years.

If passed by voters on the April 2 ballot, all the renovations would be completed by the fall.

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