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R-9 Bond Issue Passes!
Patrons voiced their support for the Carthage R-9 School District on April 8 by saying yes to the District’s $18 million bond proposal for facility expansion. The measure passed with 1,303 voters in favor and 642 opposed, well above the 57.1 percent majority required.
“We are so appreciative of the Carthage voters and our excellent administration, faculty and staff,” said Carthage Board of Education President Lee Elliff Pound. “All the people on the committee who helped get signs out, get the word out, make speaking presentations – it’s been a great community effort.”
“This has been a very exciting day,” said Superintendent Blaine Henningsen. “We have been watching the polls as the day has proceeded and we’re just thrilled that the voters have joined with us in this endeavor.”
Plans for constructing a new fourth and fifth grade center and renovating the current middle school will immediately be set in motion. The new school will be located at the corner of Fir and Chapel Roads near Steadley Elementary and will contain up to 18 classrooms per grade, computer labs, specialty rooms, cafeteria, and a media center to serve a proposed population of 850 – 900 students.
Tornado safe areas have been incorporated into the designs of both the intermediate center and the new junior high. Junior high renovations also include ten additional classrooms, a new media center, cafeteria and a second gym with weight and wrestling rooms.
Grade levels will be reconfigured with fourth and fifth grades moving from all the elementary schools into the new intermediate center, creating space for the increasing number of K-3 students who are enrolling each year. Sixth grade students will relocate from the middle school to the current junior high facility on South Main. Seventh and eighth grade students will transfer to an expanded junior high campus at Centennial and River Streets.
“The patrons are satisfied with the direction the District is going and they understand why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Henningsen said. “That’s very important to us. We want to be very transparent in what we’re doing with our finances and with our planning for the future. This is a big move and it’s going to be a great, great thing for our students, our teachers, and for our community as a whole. It’s just a great day.”
Carthage Technical Center Hosts Missouri State Highway Patrol Alliance Program
For the second consecutive year, the Carthage R-9 School District will host the Missouri State Highway Patrol Alliance Program. The event will take place at Carthage Technical Center-North Campus on Tuesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 10. Students from the Carthage Technical Center Criminal Justice program will learn more about different areas of law enforcement with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, including job duties and skill sets required. Training will be conducted by members of the interdiction team, bomb squad and S.W.A.T. teams, to name a few.
If you would like additional information, you may contact Jason Hill, Criminal Justice and POST Program Coordinator, CTC-North, 609 S. River, Carthage, Missouri, 417.359.7095 / 417.850.5111.
District Moves Forward with New ECSE / PAT Center
Construction of a new ECSE / PAT Center on East Fairview may begin as early as this spring. The ECSE portion of the facility will be funded through a federal grant; naming rights/giving levels have been established to generate funds for the PAT portion of the Center. Please read the complete article for more details.
Photos courtesy of The Carthage Press
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