School leaders confident in tax package

Tax losses at polls Tuesday won’t deter district from seeking bond issue

Jefferson City’s Public Schools superintendent and the school board president both said last week voters’ defeat of two tax proposals on Tuesday’s ballot wouldn’t block the district from pursuing its own tax package, perhaps as soon as next April.

Administrators, teachers and some community members are considering how to change the way the public schools teach students, especially at the secondary level, so students are ready to tackle college or careers after they graduate from high school.

Superintendent Brian Mitchell has said he anticipates the board making decisions this fall that could lead to a vote next April on an estimated $70 million to $80 million bond issue package and a levy increase to help pay off those bonds.

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