Gainesville School board to host open house, tours
The Gainesville R-5 School Board will host an informational open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the high school. Parents and community residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Board members and administrators will be available to give tours of the existing facility and answer questions pertaining to the two financial proposals the school district has placed on the April 2 election ballot. One proposal asks voters to approve an increase in the school’s operating tax levy ceiling by 47 cents from the current $2.75 per $100 assessed valuation, the minimum operating levy allowed by state law, to $3.22. Funds generated by the levy increase would be used to fund capital improvements, including the renovation of the high school and junior high school, student lockers, HVAC, roof replacement, computer equipment, classroom furniture and other facility maintenance and improvement projects. The second proposal asks voters to approve the issuance of $1.9 million in general obligation bonds to pay for a new multipurpose gymnasium, replacing the current gym, shown here. Approving the $1.9 bond issue would result in an estimated increase to the debt service property tax levy of 28 cents per $100 assessed valuation, bringing the total levy to $3.03. If both proposals pass, the Gainesville district’s total tax levy would increase by a total of 75 cents per $100 valuation for a total of $3.50.