CPS presents $20 million bond issue to cope with growing population

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools presented a $20 million bond issue plan at Monday's school board meeting.

The plan would allow for continued growth of CPS schools and provide needed renovations.

CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark says these issues came about because of the growth in population of Columbia's schools.

"It's important for a thriving community to have good schools," she said. "It's important for us to make sure that we are maintaining them so that they are not only healthy and positive education environments, but so that they continue to last for a long time."

$7.5 million from the bond would go towards building additions that would address the "continued growth of CPS." Another $6 million would go towards the renovation of Jefferson Middle School, which is around 110 years old.

Other issues the bond would cover are high school athletic field projects, ADA projects and security enhancements. 

Baumstark said these issues are some of the biggest needs the district has.

"It's important that we continue to maintain not only what we have, but to continue to build for the future," she said.

The bond issue will be put to a public vote in April. It will not require a tax increase.