April 5, 2022 Election Results (Unofficial)
BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR BULLDOGS
The Kearney School District Board of Education asked our residents to vote on a $44 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue on April 5 to fund a new long-range facilities master plan for the district. The plan calls for adding a fifth elementary school to address growth in student enrollment; adding classrooms for our Early Education Center; updating school facilities to meet current and future teaching and learning needs for students; and providing safety and facility improvements across the district. Approval of the bond issue will not increase the district's property tax rate.
FACILITIES PLANNING PROCESS
KSD leaders worked with parents and staff for about a year as part of the Long-Range Facilities Planning committee to develop a new districtwide facilities plan to ensure that schools are well maintained and continue to meet the educational needs of their students. Enrollment trends indicate the district may need additional capacity for students in pre-K through fifth grade. In addition, the committee identified a need for improvements across the district to facilitate 21st-Century teaching and learning for all students.
A COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS
Every few years, KSD updates its districtwide facilities master plan in order to protect our community’s investment in our schools. Updated plans address building needs for learning purposes and emphasize keeping the district's aging facilities maintained and in good repair. The last facilities master plan was supported by our residents with a $27 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue that was approved by voters in April 2017 to fund updates and improvements included in the plan. Since then, we have maintained the debt service levy (the portion of its tax rate that can only be used for paying off bond issue debt) unchanged at $1.19 per $100 of assessed value. The current debt service levy rate will be extended since Prop B was approved by KSD residents on April 5, 2022.
PROP B - KEARNEY SCHOOLS BOND SCOPE OF WORK
Major projects to be funded with the Prop B $44 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond
21st Century Teaching & Learning
PROP B - BY THE NUMBERS
37% = Projected enrollment increase in KSD by 2032 based on planned housing developments
25% = Enrollment increase at Early Education Center since 2018, prompting the Forest Friends program to relocate to Kearney Elementary
8% = Average academic achievement boost in science for elementary students who participated in Project Based Learning, according to a national study (Assessing the Effect of ML-PBL on Science Learning, Michigan State University & the University of Michigan)
More Than 30 Years = Age of the seats in the KHS theater, which has never had a major upgrade since it was built
PROP B - RESOURCES
Paid for by Kearney School District, Superintendent Todd White, 150 W. Hwy 92, Kearney, MO 64060.