The Future of Columbia Public Schools

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    Thank you, Columbia voters! 
    The Columbia Board of Education has called a special election for Tuesday, April 5. The $30,000,000 no-tax-increase bond issue would allow for the purchase of land for a new middle school, design of a new middle school, expansion of an elementary school, expansion of kitchens, facility needs, roofs, equity for athletic facilities at middle schools, and technology infrastructure. 
    The Board of Education is also proposing a 65-cent increase in the tax levy. It would allow for the elimination of planned deficit spending, the continuation of current operations, the operation of new buildings, programs directed at student success (Advanced Placement coursework, Career Center courses, English Language Learners services, and AVID elective classes), and recruitment and retention of high quality employees. 
    The bond issue and tax levy proposal involved community engagement and the work of the Columbia Board of Education, including two Board committees, the Finance Committee and the Long-range Facilities Planning Committee.  
    World Cafe, October 22, 2015  
    Community input and feedback about the future of Columbia Public Schools was gathered at the October 22, 2015 World Café.
    Finance Committee 110415  
    The Board of Education's Finance Committee and Long-range Facilities Planning Committee worked on recommendations.
    Planning for the Future  
    The Columbia Board of Education voted on December 14, 2015, to place both proposals on the April 5, 2016 ballot.