Boonville Schools Need Funding Fix
"Every time it rains, it rains inside," said Boonville High School Principal Jay Webster. "I'm not talking a little bit. I'm talking a lot."
The school board was dismayed when it toured district buildings in August.
The board considers the middle school to be the nicest in the district, although the building is 90 years old and has paint chipping from the original windows.
Boonville's growing population has also led to crowded classrooms. Fall 2004 enrollment was 1,460. It rose to 1,528 last year. This fall, enrollment is 1,607, more than 100 students over capacity.
"We have a good, good school district, but we're just a few things away from being a great school district," said Superintendent Mike Finken. "And in doing so, providing a 21st century education with facilities and space, air quality and technology, we can make that jump from good to great."
The school board hopes to present a funding plan to taxpayers by the end of this year.