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Voters approved 9 school bond issues Tuesday night

NKC, Lee's Summit among districts gaining approval
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Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 15:43:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A $155 million zero-tax-increase bond issue for North Kansas City Schools was approved by voters, one of nine school bond issues approved in the Kansas City area Tuesday night.

Superintendent Dr. Dan Clemens said in a news release he is thankful for the community’s support.

“We can accommodate a growing student population, ensure greater equity among facilities and serve our youngest learners with expanded early childhood education,” Clemens said. “In this unprecedented time, we are grateful for our strong partnership with the community.”

Some district updates that will be made due to the bond issue passing, according to the release, include:

  • New facilities on the current sites for Maplewood and Davidson elementary schools.
  • Stadiums at Oak Park and Winnetonka high schools that feature permanent seating, concession stands, restrooms and updated press boxes.
  • Using the former Gladstone Hobby Lobby and Price Chopper site at Prospect Plaza for pre-kindergarten and special education programs.
  • New playgrounds and maintenance projects throughout the district.

The bond approval is expected to create more than 500 jobs, according to a study conducted by Hollis + Miller Partners and Impact DataSource.

Schools were among the big winners Tuesday in election results across the Kansas City area.

Within days of Missouri announcing that it was withholding state funding for June in addition to money already withheld amid a budget crunch fueled by COVID-19, voters in eight other districts also passed bond issues or mill-levy increases for local schools.

Lee’s Summit voters also signed off on a new $224 million bond issue for various infrastructure needs across the R-7 School District, though the mill levy remains unchanged.

Belton School District 124 voters also passed a no-levy-increase bond question for $25 million in improvements to district facilities.

Meanwhile, Harrisonville voters passed two bond issues for schools, a 50-cent mill levy increase for “attracting and retaining quality certified staff” and approved $22.7 million in bonds for capital improvements, which effectively is a partial renewal of an expiring bond.

On balance, the district’s operating levy will increase, but the debt service levy will decrease with a total net increase of 40 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Excelsior Springs voters approved a $23.5 million bond question, which requires no ill-levy increase, for construction of a new elementary school and other renovations for the school district’s early childhood education program.

Oak Grove voters signed off a $22.5 million bond issue for repairs and maintenance as well as technology and security upgrades, while Grain Valley voters approved a $14.5 bond issue for an addition to the high school and new central office among other facilities needs.

Lone Jack C-6 School District voters approved a $4.5 million bond for various expenses.

None will impact the current mill levy rate.

Archie R-V School District also passed a 27-cent mill levy increase for operating expenses including staff salaries “to attract and retain quality faculty and staff.”

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Complete results from the June 2 election are available below:
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