CARTHAGE, MO.--- A decision whether to add more school space for Carthage students is now up to the voters. The Carthage R-9 Board of Education approved putting an $18 million bond issue on the ballot. If approved, the bond issue would not raise property taxes, but continue the current level already in place.
The bonds would allow the district to build a new 4th and 5th grade intermediate center near Steadley Elementary, which would give grade schools more room for the remaining students. The current middle school would become a junior high school, with a new media center and cafeteria. The present junior high school would then become a 6th grade center.
"We need to address crowded space. Our younger kids are our biggest grades, are coming up. So we know within the next three or four years, it's going to be hitting our middle school and junior high and we need to address that," said Dr. Mark Baker, Carthage Assistant Superintendent.
A phone survey showed that 80% of the people would either support or likely support a bond issue if there was no tax increase. It must be approved by a 57% vote in April.
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