Canton R-5 School Board hears update on $2.5 million bond issue

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 15, 2019 11:10 pm

CANTON, Mo. -- The Canton R-1 School Board heard an update this week on the $2.5 million bond issue that will appear on the April 2 municipal election ballot.

Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer said the district has received a copy of the official ballot, and the wording on the "Proposition K.I.D.S." issue appears to be accurate.

Voters will be asked to authorize the district to sell $2.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance a series of capital improvement projects, which would mainly involve repairs to the roofs and masonry on the district's K-12 school complex, parts of which were built in the early 1900s.

In addition, the board is looking to upgrade several old boilers; carry out some energy upgrades to help lower the district's operating costs; make some general safety and security improvements; and launch some technology upgrades.

Uhlmeyer said passage of the bond issue would not result in a tax increase. He said some existing bonds are about to be paid off, so the new bond issue would simply replace the current debt and extend it out over a longer period while keeping the district's debt service tax levy at a steady 55 cents.

Uhlmeyer told the board this week he might also look into the possibility of adding some heating, ventilation and air conditioning work in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms if the bond issue passes.

During the open forum portion of the meeting, the board heard a presentation from the Citizens for Canton R-5 Schools committee, which is working independently of the district to support the bond issue.

Also at the meeting, the board hired Mike Hall as an assistant soccer coach and Nick Dochterman as an assistant track coach.

The board accepted the following resignations: Teresa Daugherty, elementary and high school librarian; Christina Priebe, third grade teacher, elementary curriculum director, junior high student council, high school scholar bowl; Jocee Reever, Title I math teacher; Lisa Harsell, elementary secretary; and Andy Anderson, varsity boys basketball coach.

In other Canton R-5 news, the district posted a report on its web site indicating the administrative team learned Monday night that a kindergarten student was apparently left sleeping on a district-owned school bus at the conclusion of a bus route at 4:20 that afternoon.

"The parents of the student reported that the student was able to get out of the bus through the front exit and walked 7-8 blocks to his family's home, where his mother found him at approximately 4:45 p.m.," the report said.

The report said administrators confirmed the bus driver had not completed a required post-trip inspection of the passenger compartment and that the student was sleeping on the bus when the driver exited the vehicle.

"The student was then left unsupervised for approximately 25 minutes from the time he woke up until the time he was discovered at home," the report said. "This matter is currently being investigated by the Canton R-V School District and other outside agencies."

Uhlmeyer said the district "has taken several steps to ensure that this situation does not occur in the future."