The cost of school safety
Extending the North Platte High School levy will be on a special ballot in February. Tax payers will get a chance to vote for a continued levy to create safer and more comfortable learning spaces for the children of our district. The North Platte school board met to address the safety, security and air quality improvements at four locations in North Platte. Protecting students in every way possible. Four specific schools with issues that must be addressed, according to the district.
But the expense of another project, will mean the current bond levy could be extended for another five years. It will be up to the voters. Monday the issues addressed by the board were safety, security and air quality improvements. Enhancing the point of entry security features at McDonald, Eisenhower and Jefferson Elementaries. And the North Platte High School. The high school is the newest building, and tax payers have been paying it off for it for awhile now.
Paying for another project may be tough for the tax payers to accept, but Stuart Simpson says dropping your kids off to a safe environment where they do not have to worry about anything but learning, and parents knowing the kids are safe is worth the under 100 dollars a year most home owners would pay to make this happen.
"Tragic shootings going on in various high schools around the nation. And we know that that is a concern. We just want to be more proactive in the process and make sure our buildings are safe and secure for our students so when patrons or parents drop their students off number one they'll know that their students walk into the building, that they're safe, secure and that nobody else can get into that building unless they check in at the office.A mail-in ballot for the tax override election will be sent out in February and due back on or before march 10th. Simpson says paying for peace of mind is less than a cup of coffee a day. School officials say the plan doesn't increase the current property tax rate because the bonds used to build North Platte High School are about to be paid off.
The current NPHS bond levy is 4.7 cents per $100 of valuation. The proposal will need to be approved by a tax override vote. Levy of 4.5 cents per $100 of valuation will not change the current levy. Override will be for five years only.