Dec. 17 -- CENTERVIEW -- The Crest Ridge School Board approved Monday to seek passage for a fourth time of the Proposition Keep Investing in District Schools bond issue to pay for $3.5 million in facility repairs and updates. The last time the issue failed, the district sought a 20-cent tax increase to provide $3 million . For the fourth effort, the district seeks a "no tax increase" general obligation bond. "We have done what we could to cut spending and save money to put us in a financial position to get to a no tax increase issue. We have taken care of small repairs and things on the list that we could do in-house but we still need those big ticket items," Superintendent Julie Dill said. "We had a donor say he would provide us with 20 fire sirens for the district, we got the sewer gas issue taken care of, moved the grease trap in the kitchen and added radios for the administrators in the building for safety," she said. Items from Prop KIDS still needed include replacement of district roofs, building of a high school music classroom, enclosure of the sixth grade hallway and addition of a computer lab. In addition to needed updates, Dill said the lagoon also needs work. "That is a new one. We have been working on getting rid of the little things but have to add that big one," she said. What the lagoon needs and costs are unknown, Dill said. "We have to get a preliminary study done to see what is going on. We don't know if it has sludge in it that needs to be removed or if it is the right size for our student population. We do know though, based on what Missouri Department of Natural Resources said, is that if we don't get it taken care of they will shut us down in fall of 2014." "The budget is lean. It's so lean that reductions are getting more difficult to pinpoint without impacting students," she said. "If we don't get it passed this time we are going to have to look at drastic things to get roofs on these buildings." Possible cuts include implementation of a four-day school week, reduction of certified staff and reduction of support service work days. ___ (c)2013 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) Visit The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) at www.dailystarjournal.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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