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Forsyth R-III Schools ask voters to support bond issue

The Forsyth School District is seeking bond funds to provide for continued growth and progress in student education. The question will appear on the April 2 local ballot.

 

A recent statement shared with the Forsyth Area Chamber of Commerce stated that the district is at a point where additional facilities are needed. Speaking to the Chamber, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Mingus said the need is high for preschool education in the community, citing closures of several former childcare facilities that have made it difficult for working parents to find care. An early childhood center would accommodate six new classrooms.

 



Additionally, an indoor facility is needed in order to allow for student movement and activity during inclement weather, and to allow athletic teams and the marching band to practice when weather is bad or there are schedule conflicts in other facilities. This facility would utilize an existing concrete pad area to maximize funding efficiency. It would also be available to other community groups, youth groups, etc., for events and activities, something sure to be appreciated as there are few such facilities of adequate size in the area.

 

Dr. Mingus also said it is important to note the Board of Education will structure the bonds without an increase in the bond and interest tax rate; passing the no-tax-increase bond issue will not increase the amount patrons currently pay in taxes. It will extend the number of years they will continue to pay the same amount.

 

In 2019, the district ran a bond issue that funded four additional middle school classrooms, renovation and expansion of the school cafeteria, safety and security upgrades, and several upgrades to the present facilities. Those projects have been completed as promised.

 

The administration and board take pride in spending the bulk of the school budget on things directly impacting student achievement, and respectfully request voters to vote “yes” on the bond issue in order to better serve the needs of children in the community. Contact 417-546-6384 with any questions.

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