Board of Education Places Two Questions on April 2, 2019 Ballot
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 email@example.com or get in touch with any Nixa Board of Education member.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Will all teachers receive a pay increase?
A: Yes. All teachers will receive a pay increase. When we enchance the starting teacher pay it impacts the entire salary schedule for all teachers.
Q: What is the current levy and what would it be if Question 2 passes?
A: The current levy is 4.2896. If Question 2 passes, it would increase $0.41, which would make the levy 4.6996.
Q: When will the projects be completed?
A: The projects will be completed over the next three years. There will be a final timeline after projects are bid and we determine how to best complete them around the normal school and athletic schedules.
Q: Are we going to continue to have one high school?
A: That is the goal. Over the next ten years we need to look at where we might expand to accomplish this. The classes coming up will increase numbers at the high school to 1800-1900 kids in the coming years.
Q: Is parking going to be replaced that the PAC and stadium remodel take up?
A: Yes, we are looking right now at how we can replace and expand parking to handle new student growth. The initial will be to replace and then expand.
Q: Are we expanding or improving athletic facilities at Nixa Junior High?
A: That is part of future projects and is a part of the 10 year plan that was approved in 2017
Q: Do both require a simple majority?
A: Both are 57% + 1
Q: What will the teacher pay raise be?
A: We have to wait for final numbers to come in from the county to determine an exact amount. This won’t happen until the summer. If Question 2 is approved, which is the only one that can be used for a salary increase, we will figure out a salary increase that will benefit all teachers and be competitive with area schools.
Q: How is the tax levy calculated on my property?
A: Taxes are calculated on the assessed value of your home, not the market value (or what you paid for it). You should look at your tax property tax receipt to determine the assessed value.
Q: Will the district be acquiring more property for these projects?
A: All of the April 2, 2019 projects will be completed on existing property.
Q: What will be happening with SCORE - is it part of the ballot?
A: SCORE is a part of the addtional projects. We have plans for upgrades to the facility with lighting, painting, as well as other options as funding allows.
Q: How many classrooms can be added at the high school with the infill?
A: We have plans for up to eight (8). Final numbers depend on how the bids come in from construction companies.
Q: Is there a copy of the ballot?
A: We have scanned a copy of the ballot. View it HERE.
Q. Will the Century drive connect to the Spring Manor neighborhood? If so, will it be used for parents and buses?
A: In an initial drawing of the Century expansion, part of the expanded school drive included a connection to Gasconade Street. This connection was due to initial requirements for emergency vehicle access. The district was not planning to route school traffic through the Spring Manor neighborhood. The access would have been closed off with a gate or barrier and only opened during an emergency.
However, the district has been able to remove this connection in our current plans, which is reflected in the updated graphic in the slideshow.The district will develop final plans after the passage of the April 2 ballot issues. If plans change and we would be required to connect to Gasconade Street, it would only be for emergency vehicle access. The district will communicate with those in Spring Manor if this changes, but the goal is to work not to have a connection at all.