Information updated on January 30, 2019
The Nixa Board of Education has approved two issues for the April 2 ballot. Question 1 is a Debt Service Bond Issue with no tax levy increase for various projects. Money generated from Question 1 can only be used for construction or renovations. Question 2 is a change to the current Operating Levy and money generated from Question 2 can be used for both salaries as well as construction or renovations . The approval of both ballot issues would allow the district to access funds to complete the following projects:
- Construct classroom additions at Century Elementary that would allow the district to bring 4th graders back to the school from Summit.
- Remodel Eagle Stadium at Nixa High School with expanded seating and concession areas.
- Construct a new performing arts center at Nixa High School, which would seat at least 1,000 people, to replace the current theater and remodel theater classroom areas.
- Remodel the current theater to a new band room to accommodate the students who are enrolled in the band program.
- Expand the choir room to accommodate the students who are enrolled in the choir program.
- Enhance the teacher salary schedule, which would increase salaries for all teachers.
- Nixa’s current starting teacher salary is $36,781.
- Nixa’s starting salary is less than area schools including Ozark, Springfield, Willard, and Republic.
- Nixa’s starting salary is less than the state average starting salary of $37,454 for school districts with 4,000-14,999 student population, according to MSTA’s 2017-18 salary schedule report.
- According to a 2019 Department of Education report, Missouri is #49 in starting teacher pay.
- Nixa High School would expand classroom space.
- Since the school opened almost 20 years ago, the high school’s population has grown from about 1000 students to almost 1700 students.
- High Pointe Elementary, Century Elementary, and the Early Childhood Community Room would receive changes to the entries based on the recommendations from a recent safety audit.
- Inman Intermediate would receive roofing repairs.
- High Pointe & Summit will receive a classroom infill.
- Construct multi-purpose rooms/gyms at Century and Espy.
- Yearly maintenance on and upgrade of HVAC systems as needed at district buildings.
- Complete roofing repairs across the district.
- The district also has additional projects that would be completed if funding allows.
On Question 1 the Debt Service Tax-Levy will not change from its current rate of $1.0666 if the Bond Issue passes or fails. Question 2 is a $0.41 Operating Tax Levy increase for various projects. The increase would be approximately $6.49 a month for a $100,000 home. Please note this is the assessed valuation of the home and not the home's purchase price. Check your tax receipt for your home's assessed valuation.
The last time the Board of Education asked for an increase to the Operating Levy was 14 years ago.
For more information, please contact superintendent Dr. Gearl Loden at 875-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with any Nixa Board of Education member.