The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

April 3, 2012

Joplin School District bond issue passes

JOPLIN, Mo. — The largest bond issue in Joplin’s history unofficially has passed by less than 1 percent, allowing the Joplin School District to afford to rebuild schools that were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.

“We’re excited, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Superintendent C.J. Huff moments after hearing the results of Tuesday’s bond issue. “I just want to thank everyone for the support... It was certainly a big win for the kids and certainly we’ll have the opportunity to follow through with our promises to get the job done.”

School bond issues have historically been close, Huff said, and this was no exception. The bond required a four sevenths, or 57.14 percent, majority to pass. In Jasper and Newton counties, 4,982 of 8,637 voters said yes, which was 57.68 percent-- less than a 1 percent difference.

Mackenzie Robinson, the PTO president for East Middle School and Eastmorland Elementary, was ecstatic about the win.

“Yes! Yes! Yes! We’re very excited,” Robinson said Tuesday night.

“I definitely thought it was going to be close,” Robinson said. “But I didn’t think it would be that close. But we’ll take it if it passed. It just takes that one vote. I’m just really proud of our community to come together. This is going to be good fo the future of Joplin and all of these kids. I’m proud to call Joplin home.”

The estimated rebuilding cost for all the schools and other associated projects is $185 million. Total estimated insurance, government funding and donations now stand at a total $123 million.

Some Joplin parents said they were happy about some of the upgrades that will be included in the bond issue, but worry about extravagant expenditures by the district now that the bond has passed.

“I did not go and vote because I was torn on the issue and I think they were asking for more than they need,” said Carrie Close, who has a first-grader that attends Emerson Elementary. “I think that they spend a lot of money on stuff that’s not necessary for a public school. But I’m pleased that there will be some upgrades like storm shelters added and some of the things were necessary.”

The school district’s current levy is $3.31 per $100 of assessed valuation, which means the owner of a $100,000 home pays about $630 in annual taxes to the district on his or her real property. Because the bond passed, the new levy will be $3.66, and the cost to that same homeowner will be about $695 annually — an increase of about $65.

If the bond had not passed, district officials said they would not be able to afford to rebuild Joplin High School and community storm shelters, but would have proceeded with East Middle School, an elementary that would share a campus with East and Irving Elementary, which would be relocated to a site donated by Mercy Health Systems.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ArtFest.jpg Giant footballs arrive in Pittsburg; organizers seeking more underwriters, artists for event

    Twenty-four giant fiberglass footballs arrived in Pittsburg on Wednesday to officially kick off SEK Art Fest’s second annual public art event.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cancer patient’s drug, probation cases postponed ‘until further notice’

    A Joplin woman who is battling a rare type of cancer has gotten a temporary reprieve in her drug and probation cases so she can focus on her health issues, according to her attorney. Velma Crain, who appeared Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court, was facing the possible revocation of her probation after having been arrested last year on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

    April 15, 2014

  • Suspect in assault on officer apprehended in Texas

    The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and alleged probation violations in Arkansas. Cory A. Rantz, 25, is being held in Collin County north of Dallas on warrants issued in Missouri and Arkansas. Federal marshals reportedly located the fugitive at a strip mall in Texas on Monday afternoon and took him into custody.

    April 15, 2014

  • Ex-Jasper teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student

    A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school. Janice L. Rusk, 43, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy following investigations by school officials and law enforcement.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Open a beer, chat with Tom, see his exhibit

    I like to think that I would have gotten along with Thomas Hart Benton. Sure, I’ve read that sometimes Tom (I think I can call him Tom) could be grouchy, and if someone said something stupid or acted like a jerk, he didn’t mind telling that person exactly what he thought of him. But hey, I grew up with people like that.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • r041514recycledfashion.jpg Joplin High School students to model ‘recycled’ dresses at fashion show

    Audrey Kaman will walk the runway later this week wearing a dress she designed herself — made out of 250 doilies. “I’d say it’s a fun dress,” the Joplin High School sophomore said. “It’s not really elegant because it’s short, but it’s cute.”

    April 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • Shooter in Joplin murder sentenced to life in prison

    The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Circuit Judge Gayle Crane followed a jury’s recommendations in assessing Daniel D. Hartman, 18, two life sentences on convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, and 15 years on a conviction for burglary.

    April 15, 2014

  • Interchange construction work near Carterville to create safer off-ramp

    As the Missouri Department of Transportation begins rebuilding eastbound ramps at the Missouri Highway 171 and Route HH interchange near Carterville this week, drivers can expect ramp and occasional lane closures. The $1.5 million project, funded by the state, will increase the distance between ramps for drivers traveling northbound on Highway 249 and exiting eastbound to Highway 171.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commission awards contract for bridge replacement project

    The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract for construction of a new bridge on County Road 48.

    April 15, 2014

  • Neosho Ethics Board calls witnesses in complaint against council members

    City Manager Troy Royer on Monday night described what he said was an assault by City Councilman Steve Hart, and other incidents involving Hart and Councilman David Ruth. His statements were made to the Neosho Ethics Board, which is investigating a complaint filed against Hart and Ruth. Board members had described Royer as their key witness.

    April 15, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

In an effort to curb prostitution, St. Louis police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. Postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date. Do you think this is a good approach?

A. Yes.
N. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter