School of the Osage Tax Vote
Officials said the school must grow along with the Lake of the Ozarks area. The proposed tax hike would build the junior high across Highway 42 from the high school.
"It's getting a little snug here," said Superintendent Mary Ann Johnson. "If you're in a classroom, and you have 25-28 bodies, and you're a seventh-grader trying to learn algebra for the first time or pre-algebra, it's just a little difficult."
Johnson noted the district has added about 40 students each year in the past 15 years. However, it gained 100 students just this year. If the district grows at that rate, Johnson said it will run out of room.
If the bond issue passes, it will also let the district add onto its crowded library, and create eight high school classrooms.
"If I have heard anyone say anything against it, it would be someone who just doesn't want new taxes anywhere," said teacher Karen Foot.
Johnson said the School of the Osage has Missouri's lowest tax levy and, even if the bond issue passes, the district will still have the lowest levy. She said the tax on a $100,000 house would rise by about $19 a year.