SW voters to decide on Proposition Safety

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Southwest R-5 School District voters will once again have the opportunity to decide on a $1.5 million bond issue, Proposition Safety, in the upcoming Aug. 7 election.

The bond, if approved will finance a new music room at the high school as well as elementary and middle school offices.

The 4,000-square-foot music room is planned for construction on the east side of the school, providing for band and choir practices in one facility, as well as classroom space.

The bond will also fund construction of a shared office space for middle and elementary school administrators. Plans call for construction to take place between the elementary and middle school, east of the kindergarten through the eighth grade cafeteria.

The proposed project is designed to improve safety at the R-5 campus. Entrances to the campus will be monitored by security cameras and guests will have to be buzzed into the building during regular school hours. Security cameras will also be installed in the remainder of the bus fleet.

The bond issue is not expected to raise the district's debt service tax levy. Administrators say the move is a necessary step for the district to take. The proposed changes will cut down on the amount of student travel while keeping the campus secure and as safe as possible.

The measure was approved by nearly 54 percent of the voters last April, but the measure calls for a 58 percent approval rate.

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