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Cape voters will decide school bond issue

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By Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Voters in Cape Girardeau will decide whether or not public schools need 40 million dollars worth of improvements.

Wednesday evening, the Cape Girardeau School Board passed a facilities management plan that included some big construction projects. That plan will be the basis for a bond issue that goes before voters April 6th.

"The plan will not raise the tax levee, just extended," said Superintendent, Dr. Jim Welker. "We have lots of things we want to do to all the schools."

Big items include a 16 classroom addition, a new auditorium, and new stadium for the high school.  The district would also build a new school on the site of Franklin Elementary.

Dr. Welker says the old building would likely be torn down eventually.

"We're really excited about all this," said Dr. Welker.

It took about two hours for the board to pass the plan that would shape the bond issue. Maintenance, security, and energy updates are also included.  This is the next step in an ongoing effort to balance the school's budget while meeting the needs of staff and students.

"I think we have great programs," said Dr. Welker. "We have great teachers and our students are very successful. We need the facilities that go along with that."

Some board members argued the major construction items should be put into a phase two plan, but others said now is a great time for those kinds of projects because interest rates are low.

Dr. Welker said big improvements will contribute to quality education, and benefit the community as a whole.

Look for much more coverage as we head towards election day on April 6th.

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