No Tax Increase Bond Issue

Posted March 21, 2017

On April 4, voters in the Independence School District will be presented with a no tax increase bond issue. The $38 million bond would build a new elementary school to ease overcrowding, eliminate all mobile trailers in the ISD and advance the Academy model for all ISD high school students by adding and enhancing classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Culinary, Vocational and Business coursework.

The new elementary school at 31st and Hardy would have a capacity of 450 students. This would ease overcrowding and eliminate all mobile trailers in the district. The new elementary would open in the summer of 2019.

At Truman High School, the bond would pay for a new entry and exterior upgrades, addressing safety concerns and modernizing the building exterior. Four additional classrooms would be added, moving four math classrooms out of the mobile trailers and into the school. At Truman, the bond would expand and remodel the lunchroom, remodel science classrooms and add a physical therapy and athletic training classroom space for the Academies.

At Van Horn High School, the bond would pay for instructional space for our Culinary Pathway, with five commercial kitchens to be used by students from all three high schools. A new competition gym would be added with locker rooms, concession stands and a mezzanine for wrestling and seating. At Van Horn, the bond would add a metals classroom, wood shop, remodel science classrooms and add a physical therapy and athletic training classroom space for the Academies.

At William Chrisman High School, the bond would pay for four additional classrooms, including two Cisco computer networking rooms for the Academies. A weight room would be added, allowing the wrestling room to move to the existing weight room. At Chrisman, the bond would remodel science classrooms and add a physical therapy and athletic training classroom space for the Academies. Here is an informational video about the bond projects.

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You can also see what the projects would look like in these renderings.