The Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education placed two questions on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Those questions center around the construction of a second high school and a total tax levy increase of $1.10 (from $3.69 to $4.79). The ballot measures are:
- Proposition J (bond): $130 million to build a second high school and to renovate and add on to the current high school ($0.65 of the total tax levy increase).
- Proposition C (levy): Funds to operate the second high school, as well as funds for additional instructional resources to be used district-wide ($0.45 of the total levy increase).
The bond issue totals $130 million - $85 million to build the second high school on the district-owned land off Hwy. 179 and $45 million to completely overhaul the look and feel of the current high school at 609 Union St. Both high schools would serve students in grades 9-12.
TAX LEVY INCREASE
The tax levy increase of $1.10 would take JCPS' levy from $3.69 currently to $4.79. This increase will provide the district the funds needed to operate the second high school. The increase will also allow for added instructional resources for all buildings and grade levels. Those instructional resources include:
- textbooks, both digital and hard copy versions, along with the accompanying planning resources JCPS teachers have voiced they need
- technology improvements in K-8 classrooms where an inadequate number of devices creates a number of issues
- behavior and mental health supports, including more licensed counselors and truancy officers to address attendance concerns
- a preschool classroom in Callaway County (either at Callaway Hills Elementary or North Elementary)
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