Proposition C.A.R.E. means Community Action Reinvesting in Education. It is Phase One of the Districts Long Range Plan. The Monett R-1 Board of Education unanimously approved a proposition to support a $21 million bond issue on January 16, 2020. The proposed building project is the result of committee work to create a long term master facility plan for the district. This bond would provide funds to construct a new 6th-8th grade middle school building located on the west side of Scott Regional Technology Center.
Monett voters will see a question from the Monett R-1 School District on the April 2020 Ballot - a $21 million tax increase bond issue, with a $0.25 increase to debt service fund levy for the construction of a new middle school.
The projects include removing Central Park Elementary School and renovating the building to expand the Monett Early Childhood Center.
The estimated completion date is August 2022, grades will shift for the 2022-2023 school year:
Monett Cubs - Early Childhood Center
- MES 1st - 3rd Grade
- MIS 4th - 5th Grade
- MMS 6th - 8th Grade
- MHS 9th - 12th Grade
The original plan called for the construction of a new high school. However, the cost to build a new high school is $53 million, which outperforms our legal bonding capacity. The construction of a new middle school would be built with the idea of adding on in 10 to 15 years, converting the middle school building into a new high school.
This information is being provided to you by the Monett R-1 School District so you can learn more about the proposed no tax increase bond issue. Regardless of whether you support the bond issue or not, we encourage you to vote.