Jefferson City Schools Looking Ahead

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:20:51 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

Jefferson City school board members had more than Tuesday's visit by President Bush on their minds. The board is trying to make sure students learn in the best possible environment.

Students may enjoy upgrades and renovations for their schools by fall of 2009. The school board is focusing on four areas for improvement: adding full-day kindergarten, expanding library media centers, getting rid of portable classrooms, and hiring new teachers.

"I feel good about it," said David Luther, community relations director for the district. "It seems like something we need to have here. I know that I've heard from parents, from staff. They feel that it's something we need here so, hopefully, this will be an issue that will be successful."

The school board is also looking at renovating 10 of the district's 11 elementary schools and building another elementary school. Luther said the district will work with its $29 million budget, so a bond issue would require no tax increase to pay for improvements.

"It's going to be exciting to have the extra space and the new renovations because it will help serve our population better," said Susan Morris, Thorpe Gordon Elementary School librarian, "to more effectively promote reading with our students, offer them more books, more opportunities in the library."

Luther said the school board will continue planning over the summer. If the board approves the plan, district voters could vote on the bond issue next April.

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