It’s Morning Edition on KRPS. Tuesday June 2nd is election day across Missouri, and voting sites will be open across the state at 6:00 a.m. and remain open until 7:00 p.m.. Residents in Joplin will vote on the extension of a bond that would raise 25 million dollars in hopes of building a new elementary school at Dover Hill. And fund the construction of building additions at Kelsey Norman Elementary school. If passed, the bond would not raise taxes but would keep the service debt rate at 91 cents per $100 of assessed property value. According to the school district, Joplin homeowners would maintain paying $170 per year in property taxes for a $100,000 house.
On Friday afternoon, at Joplin Schools Administration building, I met with Dave Weaver, with Vote Yes Joplin and Dr. Melinda Moss, superintendent of Joplin Schools, to speak about the bond and what’s possible if it passes. I first asked what the bond means for Joplin if it is passed, and how it would help improve Joplin Schools.