School Tax Measure Now Called “Proposition S”

A bond proposal being place in front of voters April 2 is now called “Proposition S.” Springfield Public Schools announced the name as they released a video to promote the measure.

The measure would increase the debt-service levy by 18 cents.

SPS says the increased funds would be used to pay for “39 critical projects” that include more secure entrances for 31 schools, renovation or reconstruction of six schools and adding classroom space.

The proposals came from the Community Task Force on Facilities.

“Our study revealed that there is an urgent need within the district,” David Hall, co-chair of the task force, stated in an SPS press release. “We believe that it is imperative that the school board request funding for these critical projects.”

Portland Elementary

If the measure passes, Portland Elementary will be demolished to make way for a new Jarrett Middle School.

The projects according to Springfield Public Schools:

Entrances at 31 schools will be remodeled to increase security with double-entry points and a series of intercoms, cameras and electronic locking controls. Those schools include Bingham, Bissett, Carver, Central, Cowden, Disney, Field, Holland, Jarrett, Mann, McBride, McGregor, Parkview, Pershing, Phelps, Pipkin, Pittman, Pleasant View, Reed, Robberson, Rountree, Shady Dell, Sherwood (former location), Study, Truman, Twain, Watkins, Weller, Wilder, Wilson’s Creek, and York.

New construction or renovation at Boyd (new site in Midtown), Delaware (new on current site), Hillcrest (renovation on current site), Jarrett (new on the current Portland site), Sunshine (renovation on current site), Williams (renovation on current site), and a new Southwest Early Childhood Center. The construction of six new storm shelters will be part of these projects.

The increased levy would mean an additional $34.20 in property tax on a home that has a market value of $100,000. The tax would come in two phases, nine cents each in 2019 and 2020.

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