Grain Valley voters can decide whether or not to pass a $3.8 million bond issue on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to expand their high school with classrooms and install security systems in seven buildings of the district. 

Passage of the bond issue does not require raising the district tax levy, says the district.

“We will need room for 1,275 students at the high school by the fall of 2017,” writes Grain Valley Superintendent Dr. Roy Moss in a blog post, “and for 1,600 students at our high school within about another six years.”

“We simply have more students than room,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Snow about their high school population in January.

If passed, the bond will allow the start of four key projects that address both safety and size of the district, and are expected be completed by this fall:

1. The construction of four classrooms that will be located at the south side of high school. These will be larger classrooms for engineering and industrial technology. The current industrial technology room will be converted to a loading dock, kitchen and building storage.

2. The overhaul and upgrade of the high school’s utilities in order to support the long-range plan of the site.

3. The seven remaining district buildings will follow Grain Valley North Middle School’s model by installing security systems requiring visitors to be buzzed in to gain entry, along with being checked in by office personnel.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Snow said the measures will be used as more of a precaution in order to make Grain Valley schools safer. “We have become more conscious about security.”

4.  And if any funds are leftover from the above projects, the district will begin to start on build a greenhouse at the high school, as well as reroof the entire building.

"The passage of this bond issue will allow us to take this essential next step forward," wrote Moss.