The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

Lamar residents cast votes for school bond issue

By Emily Younker
eyounker@joplinglobe.com

LAMAR, Mo. — Residents in Lamar were voting Tuesday on an $8.5 million bond issue for the local school district.

The bond issue would go toward a band room, classrooms, administrative offices and a gymnasium at the middle school, as well as new heating and cooling systems at several district buildings. If approved, it would extend the current debt service levy of 51 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Pat O’Neal, executive vice president at Lamar Bank and Trust and a parent of four children, said he voted in support of the bond issue.

“I’ve been throughout the schools, and they’re definitely in need of updating and remodeling,” said O’Neal, who also was part of the community committee that worked to garner support for the bond issue. “I can’t think of any better way for our tax dollars to go to work than to educate the future of our community and country.”

Kim O’Sullivan, vice president of marketing at Roger Shaw and Associates, said she also would vote “yes” on the bond issue. She said her two oldest children are graduates of Lamar schools, and her youngest will graduate this year.

“The facilities themselves are not where they need to be, especially for the future,” she said. “I’m voting ‘yes’ because kids are our future and (to) keep it to where people want to come to Lamar and attend our schools, and facilities are a huge part of it.”