Blair Oaks Board of Education talks new high school plans

1 week 3 days 17 hours ago Wednesday, April 11 2018 Apr 11, 2018 Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:13:00 PM CDT April 11, 2018 in News
By: Wesley Weglarek, KOMU 8 Reporter

WARDSVILLE - The Blair Oaks School District has doubled in size in the past few years. So the district's Board of Education is looking for solutions.

"In the last 15 years we have went from 600 students to 1,200 students," said Dr. Jim Jones, Blair Oaks superintendent.

The Board of Education met Tuesday night to discuss plans for a new high school.

The proposed project would cost around $17 million. The 25 acres of land for the school was bought in December 2011, adjacent to the current school campus.

"Our bonding capacity is one of our biggest hurdles to overcome. Our bonding capacity right now is $12.5 million, so regardless of what taxpayers and our school district desires, we cannot go over $12.5 million," said Jones. 

Bonding capacity is the assessed valuation of the school district, minus the total debt of the district. On average, the Blair Oaks bonding capacity increases $1.5 million each year, which is a good thing.

"The Missouri Constitution does not allow a district to be indebted more than 15% of its assessed valuation," said Jones.

To increase the bonding capacity to the $17 million required to build the school, the value of the school district must increase or the school district must pay down its debts. 

Another way to raise the money is to increase the tax rate. The Blair Oaks tax rate has remained at $3.66 for each $100 of assessed property value, since the 2007-2008 school year, when it approved a 30-cent increase to the service levy. For comparison, the tax rate for the Columbia School District is $6.05.

"Last night our bonding advisors stopped and visited with the board about options that are available. One of which is to increase the debt service levy 30 cents in August at our tax rate hearing and then propose a no-tax increase bond issue in April 2019 and a second no-tax increase bond issue in April 2023," said Jones.

According to Jones, the other option is to wait until April 2019, run the $14 million bond issue with a 30-cent increase and a no tax increase in 2023.

Jones said either option arrives at the same outcome.

A proposed tax would be finalized in January, and it would be put on the April 2019 ballot.

President of the School Board Peggy Luebbert says the people of the district need to be involved in the decision.

Another problem for the district is the increasing cost of construction and increasing interest rates. 

When the high school is built, there will be four buildings: one for K-2, 3-5, middle school and high school. Jones says the extra space would allow an extra 120 students per building.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Friday was the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, and on Saturday, members of the Jefferson City community... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:03:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R- Harrisonville announced the winner of her annual congressional art competition Saturday afternoon. ... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members took laps around the MizzouRec Saturday to raise money for Relay For Life of Mizzou’s main event,... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - For the past five years, Osage Heritage Elementary has hosted a Color Run to raise funds for... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A former St. Louis-area teacher will be on five years of probation for having sex with a... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:43:59 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis-area day care teaching assistant has been found guilty of molesting a 5-year-old... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:40:09 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of E. Ashley St. at 11:08 p.m.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:27:13 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Casey Shoemate, a 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy, died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – As more and more fraternities face misconduct charges across the nation, the Greek community of MU is looking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 6:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
8am 51°
9am 52°
10am 54°
11am 57°