Jefferson City School District Board to consider placing construction plans on April ballot

The Jefferson City School District Board of Education will vote today on a resolution to place a bond issue on the April 4 ballot alongside five candidates for three open school board positions.

Incumbents Brad Bates and Scott Hovis have both put their names forward for another three years on the board, along with three newcomers: former City Councilman Michael Harvey, general services coordinator for the Missouri Lottery Commission Tapiwa "Felix" Madondo and former educator Suzanne Luther.

Certification of those five names for the ballot will be an agenda item at today's meeting.

Another item under new business is a resolution calling a general obligation bond election.

The bond calls for the district to borrow $85 million for renovations and construction across the district. The proposition, called "Proposition Kids First," will ask voters to approve the district's borrowing the money to "finance and refinance the costs of acquiring, constructing, renovating, furnishing and equipping schoolhouse sites, buildings and related facilities, including but not limited to the construction of a new early childhood center, technology upgrades throughout the district, and renovations to the Miller Performing Arts Center, Lewis and Clark Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School."

Approval of the proposition would not change the debt service levy of the district, which is currently $0.9028 per $100 of assessed valuation.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. today at 204 Dix Road.