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Monroe City school district looking to pass bond issue for school improvements

Another school in Northeast Missouri wants to upgrade its facilities but part of the plans has some wondering if this is the best thing for the Monroe City school district.

The three primary issues the school district is looking to upgrade is its security, technology and athletic facilities.  More than half of the $4 million dollar bond issue would go toward an all weather track and football facility, but some residents say that's too much money.

As the bell rings and students head to their next class, they could see changes if proposition two passes.  Monroe City Superintendent Dr. Jim Masters said spending roughly $2.8 million on athletic improvements will help students. 
"Our perspective from this whole discussion has been we don't know what combination of experiences is going to make a difference for our students," Masters said.  "We know that it's going to take a combination of academic, vocational, fine arts, athletics and social experiences, but we don't know which combination is going to work.  This particular proposal fits what we're trying to accomplish on behalf of our students."

Of the $4 million bond issue, $200,000 will go towards school security and another $350,000 towards technology upgrades.  However, Monroe city resident John Russell would like to see more money go towards education instead of athletics.

"I just think education is our number one priority for the school.  You know that's the focus of our tax dollars and what it goes for.  With the bond, it seems like sports is taking up a large percentage," Russell said. 

Russell believes right now, there's no definitive answer on what the voters will decide for the kids.     

"Well obviously I think it could pass.  It's hard to say.  There's a lot of people for it and against it," he said.

Dr. Masters said if this issue passes, he's hopeful to have most if not all the improvements completed before next school year.
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