Another bond issue to be decided by Springfield-Platteview voters

Mar 3, 2014

Voters in the Springfield-Platteview School District will once again be asked to approve a bond for infrastructure upgrades.

The school’s board voted last week to put a $25.3 million dollar bond issue on the May 13th ballot. A previous $35.7 million dollar bond issue failed.

Superintendent Brett Richards says this bond initiative focuses on critical infrastructure upgrades at schools.

"They’re 35 to 45 years old, and most of them, as far as the infrastructure, things of that nature, haven’t been touched. So a lot of our needs come with replacing HVAC equipment, electrical, mechanical, those types of things, and once you touch in to that, you have to bring the building up to code, so things get pretty pricey pretty quick."

Richards says the bond issue will likely be the last for the Springfield-Platteview district for the next 7 to 10 years.

Projects at Springfield Elementary and Westmont Elementary are highest priority.

Specific projects include a new media center at Platteview High School, and renovation of old high school locker rooms.