Proposition K.I.D.S. - Keep Improving District Schools
Parents, community members, staff, and students provided input to set the stage for Proposition K.I.D.S.
This bond question focuses on several key areas:
- Safety and Security
- Energy Efficiency
- Building Foundations, Roofs, and Parking Lot Repairs
- Classroom and Facility Renovations and Repairs
Safety and security were identified as top priorities. This bond issue will fund security improvements to the entrances of each school building by upgrading the double entry vestibules and creating a more secure check-in and entrance process to our schools. Secondary building entrances and internal doors will also be modified to improve locking mechanisms and the quality and quantity of security cameras will be increased. Intercom systems, some original to the buildings, and communications systems will be replaced or upgraded so that all areas of every school can clearly receive both non-emergency and emergency announcements and messages.
Our buildings are aging and need up-keep just as a house of the same age would. As energy costs continue to rise, the district is seeking ways to minimize the impact of energy costs to the operating budget. Older fixtures are continually being repaired or replaced and new efficient LED fixtures with automatic on/off sensors will help cut down on maintenance and energy expenditures. Many of our districts HVAC units are over 20 years old and are requiring frequent maintenance and repair and need replacing. Upgrading building temperature controls and rezoning can improve their functionality and cost efficiency.
Also on the bond project list are items such as:
- Safer and more secure elementary playground
- Building foundation repairs
- Leaky roofs
- Old parking lots and sidewalks
- Upgraded science labs
- Painting and flooring projects
- Locker room ventilation, plumbing, and remodeling
- Mental health facility entrance
- Electrical capacity and safety upgrades
All work around the district is guided by a long-range facility plan. In order to maintain our schools, we typically ask voters to approve a new no-tax increase bond proposal about every 5 years. This has proven over time to make good business sense for our community. It also allows us to deliver on the promise to keep our schools safe, secure, and up-to-date for our current students and for future generations of Eagles.
Room for Improvement
Actual Bond Language
Shall the Board of Education of the Holden R-III School District, Missouri, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow money in the amount of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,500,000) for the purpose of providing funds to construct, equip, and furnish district-wide safety and security initiatives; to complete energy efficiency projects such as upgrading the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and facility lighting; to complete roofing replacement and repairs; to repair or pave parking lots; to complete other remodeling and repair upgrades to the existing facilities of the District; and issue bonds for the payment thereof. If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged at $0.8400 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.