April 2, 2019 Proposal

The Bolivar R-1 School District Board of Education will be proposing a NO TAX RATE INCREASE bond issue on the April 2, 2019, ballot. Projects include the construction of an Early Childhood Learning Center, additional classrooms at Bolivar Middle School, and a new track facility.


Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)

In order to develop future-ready leaders and life-long learners, we believe it is important to instill a good foundation of education in children at an early age. For the past few years, we continue to have more preschool applicants than we can accommodate, due to the lack of space. Because of our space limitations, our early childhood programs, consisting of Preschool, Early Childhood Special Services, and Parents as Teachers, are located in two separate buildings. Sunshine Preschool is located in a wing of the Bolivar Primary School, Bolivar Early Intervention School, and Parents as Teachers are located at 316 W. Jackson.


An Early Childhood Learning Center will provide the space needed to expand our enrollment to accommodate more children. The facility will consist of twelve classrooms and office space which will provide enough space to house all of our early childhood programs. The ECLC building will be located on Bolivar Schools’ property east of Bolivar Primary and Intermediate Schools with access from D Highway. The entrance will be extended to the current bus lane and become the new parent pick up and drop off route for Bolivar Primary School and the Early Childhood Learning Center. This should create a better traffic flow to alleviate a good portion of the congestion on Hartford Street. If approved, we plan to break ground in August 2019 and open the building for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


Map of ECLC building.



Bolivar Middle School Expansion

For the past few years, overcrowding has been an issue at Bolivar Middle School (BMS). We currently have classrooms serving dual purpose which makes scheduling and classroom transitions stressful and inefficient. Expanding BMS with additional classrooms will help to alleviate the overcrowding issue.


The expansion will be located adjacent to an existing hallway on the west side of the building next to the tennis courts. It will provide three additional classrooms, a Science lab, and restroom facilities. If approved, we plan to break ground in August 2019 and open the building for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


Map of BMS addition  



Athletic Track

We currently have more than two hundred middle school and high school students sharing the same track, which is located at Bolivar Middle School (BMS). This not only greatly limits the amount of practice time for both teams it also creates transportation and safety issues for high school students. High school athletes are forced to either drive themselves or be transported by bus to the BMS track. This transportation takes place at the end of the school day when traffic is at its worst.


A new track facility, located on Bolivar Schools’ property along the west side of Hartford Street, would provide extended practice times for middle school and high school athletes and eliminate the need for transportation across town to the BMS track. With its close proximity to the Primary School, Intermediate School, and High School, the track would also provide opportunities for Physical Education classes for each of these buildings. If approved, we plan to break ground in August 2019 and open the building for the start of the 2020-21 school year.




Frequently Asked Questions


What is a bond issue?

A bond is an authorization for a school district to go into debt and to establish a tax rate to pay off the debt over time. The bond pays for capital projects, such as facilities and equipment, and may not be used for regular operational costs like salaries or supplies. The bond issue proposed on April 2 is a no tax rate/levy increase. If approved, the bond issue will not affect current debt service rate/levy.


How does a no tax rate/levy increase bond issue work?

If approved, the district is authorized to sell bonds and the proceeds from the bonds are used to pay for the building projects. Bonds are essentially a loan and are a form of debt. To pay for this debt, school districts levy property taxes.  Bolivar Schools was able to refinance an existing bond and hold the tax levy at the same rate.  


What is the current tax rate, and how will it change if the bond proposal is approved?

The current debt service rate/levy is $0.5675 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property. If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the school district will remain unchanged.


Although the proposed bond issue will have no effect on the current debt service levy, please keep in mind that your property’s assessed valuation and your taxes from other local jurisdictions could affect your personal tax bill.


How will the bond proposal be listed on the ballot?

It will be listed on the ballot as follows:


BOLIVAR R-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION

Shall Bolivar R-I School District of Polk County, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $6,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating and improving school facilities, including without limitation, (a) the construction of an early childhood education facility with access to Highway D and related parking and internal roads, (b) expansion and renovation of the middle school including the addition of classrooms and restrooms, and (c) the construction of a new athletic track with related fencing and restrooms?

If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the school district is estimated to remain unchanged at the current levy of $0.5675 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property.


What is the estimated cost for the projects? How will the bond money be used?

The overall estimated cost for the building projects total $7.6 million. Approximately $5.5 million will be allocated to the Early Childhood Learning Center, $1.5 million will be allocated the Bolivar Middle School expansion, and $600,000 will be allocated to the track facility.


If approved, the bonds will provide $6 million to be used toward these projects. The remaining balance of the cost will be paid for by utilizing district capital reserves of approximately 1.6 million. Funds within capital projects cannot be used for supplies or employee salaries per state requirements.


If this bond proposal is approved, what is the construction timeline?

If approved, we plan to break ground in August 2019 and open the building for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


If this bond proposal is approved, what will the school’s future bonding capacity be, once the building projects are completed?

The district will have approximately $4 million of bonding capacity available if the proposed bond issue is approved.


Who can vote on this no tax levy increase bond issue on April 2, 2019? What majority is required for it to pass? Any registered voter living in the Bolivar R-1 School District will have the opportunity to vote on this no tax levy increase bond issue on April 2, 2019.  To pass, a four-sevenths majority is required (57.14%).

Voting Information

When is the registration deadline?

March 6th is the last day to register


Where do you go to register?

DMV

Polk County Family Services

Polk County Clerk’s Office

www.sos.mo.gov


How do you know if you are registered or not?

You can call the Polk County Clerk’s Office 417-326-4031



The Frequently Asked Questions document is intended to serve as a resource to our District stakeholders in an effort to inform and educate prior to the April 2, 2019 election. If you have any additional questions regarding the No-Tax-Rate-Increase Bond Issue, please contact communications@bolivarschools.org.


 

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