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Grandview Board of Education to Meet Thursday Evening

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Photo Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Grandview C-4 School District

The Grandview School District Board of Education will meet Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as amending a food service contract and purchasing band uniforms, there are a number of items on which board members plan to take action.

Probably the most significant agenda item will be a vote on whether to spend $788,000 in excess school bond money on the stadium. One of Grandview’s planned bond projects (insulating heating and cooling pipes at Grandview Middle School) came in significantly under budget, and the district is considering spending the leftover funds on high school stadium improvements.

Because this expenditure was not on the list of bond funding projects approved by voters, district administrators held a series of meetings seeking community comments. Now, taking into public opinion into account, school board members must decide whether to give district administration the go-ahead for their proposal. District administrators are recommending that board members vote for approval tomorrow night.

In other business, board members will consider authorizing the sale of $7 million in bonds approved by voters last year. They also will consider refinancing slightly more than $9.6 million worth of school bonds in order to save money for the district by taking advantage of more favorable interest rates.

If board members vote for approval, stadium upgrades will join the list of projects to be funded by school bond sales:

  • Abating asbestos, re-insulating piping, replacing ceilings and lights and upgrading restrooms at Grandview Middle School
  • Carpeting Grandview High School, Conn-West Elementary and Belvidere Elementary
  • Purchasing storage units
  • Replacing and resurfacing pavement at Meadowmere Elementary and Martin City K-8
  • Replacing windows at the Center for Alternative Instructional Resources
  • Upgrading restroom flush valves; and
  • Upgrading the facade, a science classroom and windows at Grandview High School.

The board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the Board of Education Offices; 13015 10th St.; Grandview, MO 64030.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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