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By Marlana Smith
The Shelby County Herald emailed North Shelby Superintendent Tinna Croy questions regarding the projects the district has completed or are looking to complete after the current debt service property tax levy was approved.
1) You’ve talked about the track being Phase 1. How many phases are there? Were these phases presented to the voters before the election?
During the informational process, the district stated on several occasions and during our public forum that the track was the only project on the new outdoor track/sports complex. The district also stated that the roof, kitchen and elementary restroom remodel were projects that would also be completed with the bond.
Shall the Board of Education of the North Shelby School District, Missouri, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow money in the amount of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) for the purpose of providing funds to replace roofs District-wide; to construct a new outdoor track/sports complex; to the extent funds are available, complete other repairs and improvements to the existing facilities of the District; and issue general obligation 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 $0.2550 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.
2) What are the objectives or goals of each phase?
The goal of the district is to complete a track/sports complex. But we are cautious on committing to a particular project at this time due to a number of factors. One factor being the decrease in revenue. The district did not receive a 1% increase in revenue this year. In year’s past, the district has seen a 1-2% increase in revenue each year. The board is currently awaiting proposals for the new 8-lane track.
Once those are in, the remaining funds will be more transparent, and the board will be able to move forward with additional projects to the extent of funds available.
3) What is the projected cost and funding source for each phase?
We do not know at this time.
4) Are the roof repairs complete? If so, how much of the non-tax increase money was used for that, and how much is left for the track?
Yes, the roof repairs are complete. The roof repairs cost $290,007. The kitchen repairs cost $74,413.22. Electric work in the high school classrooms cost $4,194.00. Elementary restroom repairs cost $19,230.44. The parking lot seal cost $46,175.00. Plumbing -water line replacement cost $36,000.00. All of these projects totaled = $470,019.66 leaving $1,529,980.34. The remaining amount will cover the FSG fees for surveying, construction documents and other project fees along with the 8-lane track. If there are funds remaining, the board will then decide on the next project.
5) What measures have been taken to improve the efficiency of the school financially so the district can give the teachers a raise?
We are monitoring our day-to-day expenses so that we can continue to provide a small pay raise to staff yearly. Last year, we were able to give a $500 increase in base. We currently have a levy committee who are working on the levy increase needed to provide a greater increase.
6) What are some other long-term facility plans for the district?
There are several ideas that are being discussed, and we are hoping that after our track is complete, we can have a more decided long-term facilities plan that we will share with the community. However, the district is concerned about the current financial environment so presently, we are focused on finishing the track and working on teacher salaries.
7) Other comments?
We appreciate the community’s patience as we look into grants and other assistance with both current and future projects. Our students and staff are our number one priority, and we will continue to keep them safe and provide a high quality education.