Thanks to Voters, Bond Proposal passes by Healthy Margin
Voters in the Cape Girardeau school district voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $40 million bond proposal to replace Franklin Elementary School, build an events complex and a performance auditorium at the high school and address deferred maintenance throughout the district, among other projects. The bond issue, which required 57.2 percent to pass, garnered 61.26 percent of the vote.
School Board President Kyle McDonald, a parent of two children attending Cape Public Schools, sent the following letter to the editor of the Southeast Missourian:
“As the votes came in on Tuesday night, everyone knew the bond issue was going to pass. But I had never been so proud to call Cape my home, as I was that night. The people of Cape came together to vote "YES" for OUR schools, thus sending a message, loud and clear, to our children, that ‘we care about you and your education. And with that education you can be successful in life.’
“I just want to say THANK YOU to Cape for believing in OUR Schools. I realize that times are difficult. The economic challenges that we face are real and difficult decisions are being made daily to find ways to weather this storm. But at the same time, the people of Cape realize that there are few things more important to our children, than a good quality education; an education that offers opportunities for every student. The passing of this bond issue will offer new opportunities to all students at all grade levels, while allowing issues at each of our schools to be addressed without stressing an already decreasing operations budget.
“So again, I say ‘THANK YOU’ for giving Cape Public Schools your support and trust and for coming together to do what is right for our children; because it does take a community to educate a child, and Cape proved that on April 6th.”
In a message to faculty and staff, Superintendent Dr. James Welker said, “Yesterday was a huge day for Cape Public Schools as voters endorsed our Bond Issue. There are far too many people to thank and it is difficult to adequately express our appreciation. Certainly, we must thank the voters. In addition , a special thanks to Adam Kidd and the Yescapeschools Committee.
“In the months to come we will continue to refine the plans and begin the projects. There is much work to do and we will keep you involved and informed as we move forward.
“This is a great accomplishment for our school district and our community. It will have a major impact for years to come. It makes us proud to be a part of Cape Public Schools.”
Neil Glass, director of facilities, organized a community steering committee more than a year ago to assess the long-range needs of the district. He said he is elated with the election outcome. “The first thing the community will see will be new signs at each school outlining the planned improvements,” he said. “Behind the scenes,” Glass said “a team of designers and engineers will be preparing the documents required to bring the various projects to reality.” He said he is “committed to provide the community the quality of facilities they are expecting.”