Voters To Decide on $25.3 Million School Bond

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Springfield Platteview Community Schools residents will see a slimmed down school bond on their May primary ballots.

The Springfield Platteview Board of Education voted 6-0 Monday night to place a $25.3 million bond issue on the May 13 primary election ballot. Voters rejected a $35.7 million school bond by 419 votes (1,471-1,052) during a mail-in election last November.

“After reviewing results from the community bond surveys and listening to the public during two recent school board meetings, the site committee made a recommendation to remove the junior high gymnasium and fitness center and an addition to the front entrance of Platteview High School for administration offices from the district’s last bond proposal,” Springfield Platteview Superintendent Brett Richards said.

Parking projects at Platteview and Platteview Central Junior High School also have been pulled from the new school bond proposal.

“The district will try to address the parking issues at a later time, possibly through the use of district funds rather than bond funds,” Richards said. “All other projects remain as they were previously designed in the last bond and are seen as necessities by the district administration and the Board of Education.”

The new school bond is a nearly 30 percent reduction from last November’s proposal. If passed, homeowners and property owners would pay an additional 16.5 cents per $100,000 of assessed value. The previous bond called for a 24.5-cent tax increase. Currently, Springfield Platteview has a $1.0779 tax levy, which is the second-lowest among 15 area school districts.

The bond would cover the following projects:

  • Springfield Elementary School: Redesign front entrance for security; remove portable buildings; increase parking and improve traffic flow; add gymnasium/multipurpose room, which also will serve as tornado shelter; repurpose/renovate old gym space for art, music and media center; add classrooms for special education and preschool; new playground surfaces; update infrastructure systems: electrical, mechanical, heating and cooling, lighting and telephone/intercom; replace exterior windows; new kitchen equipment and area; security locks on classroom doors; and bring building up to code/add fire sprinklers.

  • Westmont Elementary School: Redesign front entrance for security; redesign classrooms and include permanent walls and doors; remove portable building; increase parking and improve traffic flow; add gymnasium/multipurpose room, which also will serve as tornado shelter; repurpose/renovate old gym space for art and music; add classrooms to repurpose space for kindergarten, special education and preschool; new playground surfaces; update infrastructure systems: electrical, mechanical, heating and cooling, lighting and telephone/intercom; replace exterior windows; new kitchen equipment and area; security locks on classroom doors; and bring building up to code/add fire sprinklers.

  • Platteview Central Junior High School: Redesign classrooms and include permanent walls and doors; update infrastructure systems: electrical, mechanical, heating and cooling, lighting and telephone/intercom; replace exterior windows; replace kitchen equipment; bring building up to code/add fire sprinklers; and security locks on classroom doors.

  • Platteview High School: Add new media center to front of building; repurpose old space with classrooms for science and labs, art and special education; security locks on classroom doors; and renovate old locker room and replace roof membrane.


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