Prop B – Kearney Schools Zero-Tax-Rate-Increase Bond

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This is a great time to be a Bulldog! Proposition B was approved on April 5, 2022, with nearly 64 percent of our residents voting yes.
On behalf of every member of Team KSD, we want to express our gratitude to our community for supporting Prop B. The last couple of years have been incredibly challenging. Together, we have stepped up and overcome every obstacle, no matter what. The result of this bond measure is a brighter future for our entire community! Thank you for choosing to make that investment in our students and schools!
We're going to be able to move forward with some exciting projects that will benefit our students, families and community. We're looking forward to all the things we're going to accomplish over the next several years thanks to this bond. Please visit this page for regular updates as we fulfill our promises to voters.

April 5, 2022 Election Results (Unofficial)

 

BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR BULLDOGS

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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

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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

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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

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Adding Classrooms

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21st Century Teaching & Learning

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Facilities Maintenance

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.