As enrollment continues to increase, Springer Public Schools is hoping to pass a $2.175 million bond issue Tuesday to build classrooms and a larger cafeteria.


As enrollment continues to increase, Springer Public Schools is hoping to pass a $2.175 million bond issue Tuesday to build classrooms and a larger cafeteria.

 

Springer Public Schools have seen a 79-student enrollment increase since 2006, with a 52-student increase in the elementary during that time.

 

“We are pushed for space with that many students,” Superintendent Matt Holder said.

 

The new addition would include two new classrooms and a new cafeteria.

 

“Right now, we have some classes meeting in a storage closet,” he said.

 

Springer has a closed-campus lunch, so a larger cafeteria would free up schedules that currently call for three different lunch shifts in order to feed everyone.

 

Holder also said the bond would aid in future expansion.

 

“It would free up the old cafeteria to have room for high school classrooms,” he said.

 

Also, a larger kitchen would also be included.

 

“Right now, there’s not enough freezer space to keep our food, and no place to take tickets,” Holder said.

 

The new cafeteria would also double as a community storm shelter.

 

The school’s current tornado plan is to put students on a bus and drive them to the Springer Community Center.

 

“This would provide a place on campus for our students, faculty and community,” Holder said.

 

Repairs would also be made on the high school roof.

 

“We need an environment conducive to learning, but it’s hard to do that in a building full of water,”

 

Holder said. “Also, in this day of technology, water and technology do not mix.”

 

Springer’s last bond was passed in 2007 to build the preschool and kindergarten classrooms, as well as the awnings on campus. This old bond will be off the books before this new bond would take effect.

 

The increase in taxes would be $9.68 per $100 of property taxes.