I am proud to be a lifelong resident of Independence.  I received my education in the Independence School District, graduating from Truman High School. I went on to open my business in Independence 29 years ago.

I am proud to be a lifelong resident of Independence.  I received my education in the Independence School District, graduating from Truman High School. I went on to open my business in Independence 29 years ago. 

In addition, I have had the honor to serve on the Independence School District Board of Education for the past nine years. Over time, I have witnessed our community experience significant change. Through the highs and lows that have come along with the change, I can’t help but be aware of the one thing that has continually stayed the same – the strong sense of community among our people.

Our citizens are an example of a true community rooted in tradition and constantly working, united, for what we believe is best for our kids, our neighbors, our economy, and our future. 

Over the past few years, I have noticed a resurgence of energy and vitality as we address growth issues, economic development, and education. Our momentum is strong. On November 3rd we have an opportunity to vote yes to infuse our community with additional jobs, two new elementary schools, additions to six schools, and improve existing educational facilities which, in turn, will give a direct boost to our economy.

The Independence School District has an $85 million bond issue on the ballot with the opportunity to receive millions of dollars in interest-free bonds through the Federal Government Stimulus Package. While the Independence School District and Board of Education realize the time is not ideal to pursue a bond issue, the prospect of saving our district and community literally millions of dollars in interest enticed us to ask you, our community, if you would be interested in such an opportunity. 

This past summer, before placing an issue on the ballot, an outside firm conducted a phone survey among community citizens, and surveyed  Independence School District faculty and staff online to gauge interest. The community, and faculty and staff, responded with resounding approval to place an issue on the ballot, choosing the following option of projects:

n Two new elementary schools: one on the eastern side of the district and one on the western side.

n Additions to six schools

n Safety and technology improvements at every building

n Upgraded HVAC systems

Please continue to support our community with the bond issue on November 3rd. With the creation of potentially thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in interest savings, and the benefit to our students and school buildings, the direction is positive for our kids, our schools, our community, and our future.

Visit www.ourindependenceschools.org to get more information on the upcoming bond issue.