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Examiner
  • Voters approve Grain Valley school bonds

  • Before too long, the sound of hammers and drills will be coming from Grain Valley High School as construction begins on a new addition.



    Grain Valley voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.6 million bond issue on Feb. 5. There were 793 votes (80.43 percent) in favor and 193 votes (19.57 percent) against. The bond will not increase taxes.

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  • Before too long, the sound of hammers and drills will be coming from Grain Valley High School as construction begins on a new addition.
    Grain Valley voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.6 million bond issue on Feb. 5. There were 793 votes (80.43 percent) in favor and 193 votes (19.57 percent) against. The bond will not increase taxes.
    “We are so appreciative of our community and parents for their continued support,” Grain Valley Superintendent Roy Moss said. “We are just ecstatic with the election results.”
    The bond issue will fund the first phase of the high school’s master plan. This includes a five-classroom addition on the southeast corner of the current building that will provide adequate space for science courses. There will also be an additional set of student restrooms and collaborative learning spaces for students and staff. The new classrooms will be larger than those for regular courses, geared more for courses that need extra space, such as science, art, engineering and Family and Consumer Science.
    Other projects funded through the bond issue include rerouting the road around the new addition and installing a traffic signal a the entrance of Grain Valley High School along Eagles Parkway.
    “This bond issue was so important because the high school is overcrowded now, and the student population continues to grow,” Moss said. “We know from the seventh grade down, the classes have 300-plus students. So by the time the seventh graders are seniors, even without new students into the district, we will have 1,200 students in that building. We simply need the room.”
    If funding allows, the district has plans for other projects. This includes road access east to Garden Street from the high school, which would cross a piece of property the school district already owns. A greenhouse is also planned as well as a new concession and restroom facility, improved waste management system, an expanded pedestrian plaza and a new ticket booth/stadium entry at the football stadium.
    Moss said the wheels will be set in motion immediately to begin the high school addition. He said if everything goes according to plan, the new classrooms will be ready for students by the time school starts in August.
    “This is good news for us,” Moss said of the successful bond issue. “This will be the start of many phases at the high school as we continue to building onto it.”
     
     
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