It looks like Blue Springs voters will have an opportunity to decide on an $86.5 million bond issue early next year.

It looks like Blue Springs School District voters will have an opportunity to decide on an $86.5 million bond issue early next year.

The Blue Springs Board of Education approved placing the bond issue, which would not increase taxes, on the Feb. 3 ballot.

“Our goal through these projects is to increase safety and security at our schools, update and renovate some schools and address growth,” said Superintendent Paul Kinder. “We are looking to remove all mobile classrooms with this bond issue, which would be terrific.”

Like the 2005 bond issue, which focused largely on renovating elementary schools, this bond issue places the focus on creating parity between Blue Springs and Blue Springs South as well as other projects to address growth at the elementary level.

The bond issue would fund renovations to both high school facilities; create an addition and grade reconfiguration at Cordill-Mason and make renovations to both Thomas Ultican and Chapel Lakes elementary schools.

In addition, after reassessing project estimates and taking the recent decline in construction costs into consideration, several other projects have been added.

These include:

• A two-classroom addition at both Lucy Franklin and Voy Spears elementary schools.

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns at Lucy Franklin, William Bryant and James Walker elementary schools.

• Replacing the roof at James Walker.

• Adding an elevator at Franklin Smith Elementary.

• Replacing flooring and ceiling tiles as well as painting at William Bryant.

• Adding a multipurpose room at Lucy Franklin.

Board Member Dave Wright said he is pleased with the new projects added.

“I am so happy that administrators have reassessed and made changes to add projects at Lucy and Voy Spears,” he said. “We are getting rid of these mobile units and becoming closer to our goal of having separate multipurpose areas from our gymnasium.”

 

The whish list

Blue Springs High School

• Partially enclose the current open campus concept. The gap between the Fine Arts and Language Arts buildings as well as the gap between the Stillions and Practical Arts buildings would be enclosed.

• Renovations to the Practical Arts Building.

• A two-story addition to the Language Arts Building.

• New locker rooms added near the gymnasium.

• A new press box at Peve Stadium.

Blue Springs South High School

• Science classrooms would be relocated to the east wing, departmentalizing all subject areas.

• The counseling and administration offices would move to the west wide of the building, creating a new entrance for Blue Springs South.

• The media center would be moved from the center of the building to the northwest corner.

• The former media center space would be converted into art classrooms.

• A new lockers in the gymnasium.

• A new wrestling room.

• Vocal music would be relocated to the same area where orchestra and band are currently housed.

n Construction of a new concession/restroom area on the south end of the football stadium.

Cordill-Mason Elementary

• The current building would be converted to house K-2.

• A new 70,000-square-foot addition would be added to the south to house third, fourth and fifth grades.

• Connecting the two buildings would be administrative offices as well as the main entrance to the building.

Thomas Ultican

• The main entrance and administrative offices would be relocated to the Vesper Street side of the building.

• A new gymnasium would be added to separate the cafeteria and physical education activities.

• A new media center would be constructed.

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns.

Chapel Lakes

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns

• Classroom addition.

• Enclosing the media center.

• Construction of a new multipurpose room.

• The art room would be relocated, while the space it once occupied would be converted to a kindergarten classroom.

Lucy Franklin

• Construction of a two-classroom addition

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns

• Adding a multipurpose room at Lucy Franklin.

Voy Spears Elementary

• Construction of a two-classroom addition

William Bryant

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns

• Replacing flooring and ceiling tiles as well as painting at William Bryant.

James Walker

• Redesigning traffic flow patterns

• Replacing the roof at James Walker.

Franklin Smith

• Addition an elevator.

Other projects

• Construction of a new 5,000 square-foot transportation center with an eight-bay garage and parking space for personnel and bus drivers.

• The addition of new restrooms at the Hall-McCarter Education Center as well as an updated intercom system and the reconfiguration of several classrooms.

• Upgrading of surveillance cameras district-wide and an improved intruder notification system.