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R-1 voters to decide CUBS bond proposal

Friday, April 2, 2010

Design for the proposed new building at Monett Elementary School containing the new office at the entrance. [Sapp Design Architects rendering]
Monett R-1 School District voters will decide the future of a $4.5 million bond issue proposal when they head to the polls on Tuesday. Billed as Proposition CUBS (Citizens United for Better Schools), the issue focuses on renovation and new construction at the Monett Elementary School campus.

The plan will create one facility to serve kindergarten through second grade students. Currently, the campus includes nine separate buildings with 50 exterior doors. Under the proposal, all classrooms will be housed under one roof with interior hallways added to improve students' transition between classes. The facility will be served by one secure main entrance.

The purpose of Proposition CUBS, according to Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann, is to strengthen safety and security on the elementary campus in response to concerns raised by district patrons in community surveys that were conducted over the past several years.

The issue is also aimed at creating a more effective and efficient learning environment for students and teachers. By redesigning the elementary campus so all classrooms are located within one facility, students will spend less time transitioning between classes and more time learning. Dr. Jungmann estimates that each student of the elementary school's 550 students will gain more than 50 hours of instructional time a year as a result of the changes.

Proposition CUBS also includes several additional instructional, efficiency and security upgrades that include:

* A new fire alarm system and improved tornado shelter.

* An upgrade surveillance system.

* A plan to improve student drop-off and pick-up areas.

* New technology for the individual classrooms.

* A new, upgrade media center.

* Larger kindergarten classrooms that meet state standards.

* A new gymnasium.

* Energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.

The total project is expected to cost the district between $7 million and $8 million dollars. The district plans to pay for the project with $4.5 million in bonds (pending voter approval), $1.5 million to $2.5 million in lease purchase agreements and $1 million from the district's capital reserve fund.

With the passage of the bond issue, taxpayers will not see an increase in their taxes. The bonds can be paid off under the district's existing debt service levy of 56 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

For more information on the bond issue, read a series of answers that Dr. John Jungmann wrote in response to questions submitted by The Monett Times. Those questions and answers accompany this article.

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