Meetings to focus on R-II bond issue

Friday, March 9, 2007

A pair of informational meetings to help local voters understand a proposed school bond issue have been scheduled by the Purdy R-II School District.

The meetings will be held on Thursday, March 15 and Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Information will be presented about the ballot issue that voters will be deciding in the April 2 election.

School administrators and other professionals who have worked on the building project will be present at the community meetings to answer any questions the public might have about the proposal. Patrons of the district will also be given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the issue.

"Misinformation and concerns are circulating throughout the community," said Raynel Schallert, chairwoman of the recently formed Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Committee.

"Those who attend the public meetings will receive detailed information regarding how their tax dollars will be spent and how the completed project will benefit everyone in the community," Schallert explained. "They will leave these meetings with a greater understanding of the necessity of the bond issue."

On April 3, Purdy school district patrons will be deciding the fate of a $2.1 million bond issue that requires no increase in taxes.

According to Superinten-dent Jerry Lingo, the building project will be financed solely through the sale of general obligation bonds. This funding will also provide for the purchase of furnishings for additional classrooms.

Architects Sam A. Winn and Associates, of Springfield, have designed a master building plan that will include additions to the central office, an elementary school addition and a two-story middle school addition.

In addition, the proposal will include gymnasium renovations and other remodeling and repair improvements to existing school facilities.

Detailed architectural drawings of the building plan will be displayed during the upcoming public meetings.

The main purpose of the bond issue, according to Lingo, is to reduce class sizes and increase educational programs at all grade levels.

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