The Raytown School Board unanimously voted to submit a $22 million bond issue to voters in the upcoming April 8, 2014, election. The school district’s bonded indebtedness has been paid down so low that a new bond would not increase property taxes nor affect the current tax rate for indebtedness, which is now $1.17 on $100 of assessed valuations. In the April election, voters will be asked to consider passing the school bond issue in addition to the City’s sales tax renewals and Charter Commission initiative and commissioners.
If approved, bond monies will be used to upgrade every school building in the district, which will take about four years to complete. Improvement projects will include roof repair and replacements, restroom renovations, new laptop carts, upgraded phone and intercom systems, interior lighting replacements, interior and exterior painting, new line of sight entries for elementary schools, technology cooling systems, electronic sign boards, security video enhancements and Raytown South High School stadium upgrades.