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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Palmyra approves schoo bond issue

  • A $6 million bond issue to make improvements in several Palmyra schools received strong support from the district’s voters on Tuesday.
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  • A $6 million bond issue to make improvements in several Palmyra schools received strong support from the district’s voters on Tuesday.
    With a vote of 961 to 231, the proposal was approved by 80.62 percent of the district’s voters.
    The bond issue does not increase the district's current debt service property tax levy of 0.68 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
    Eric Churchwell, Palmyra R-1 School District’s superintendent, said, “On behalf of the Board of Education and Citizens For Education group, I am really pleased with the support the community has shown. We wanted to make sure we told our story and informed the public, and I think we did that.
    “We feel very fortunate to have such a great community that supports the school district,” Churchwell added.
    During his 11 years as superintendent, Churchwell said, “this is the second bond issue. We passed another in 2007.”
    The bond issue will provide funds to complete safety and security upgrades to protect the district’s approximately 1,150 students.
    Security is one of the main things to be improved, Churchwell said. “We will have secure points to limit the access to people getting in our buildings at both middle and elementary schools.”
    The bond issue will also provide funds to complete renovations at the elementary and middle schools. “We are doing a lot of energy upgrades in the south wing of the middle school,” he said, including window replacements, heating and air conditioning and plumbing and lighting upgrades.
    One project will be construction and furnishing of an early childhood addition at the elementary school, Churchwell said. This is now in a leased building.
    The current classes include special education for children ages 3 and 4 and the Parents as Teachers program for children from birth to age 5, he explained.
    With the new building, “we are going to be able to start some preschool (classes) for children 3 and 4 as well. … From birth to when they enter kindergarten will all be housed at the elementary school.”
    Another project will be completing improvements at the high school parking lot, and if funds are available, furnishing a new bus barn. The bus barn is the lowest priority, Churchwell noted. The district has about 18 buses and runs 10 bus routes.
    The board of education recently approved employing CTS as the Energy Service Company (ESCO) and construction manager for the building/performance contracting project to be started.

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