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This is a rendering of the proposed $11.6 million addition and improvement at the Southern Boone R-1 high school in Ashland (graphic courtesy of PWArchitects, Inc.)

UPDATE: Southern Boone R-1 patrons approve both ballot measures

The fast-growing Southern Boone R-1 School District is located in Ashland (2022 file photo courtesy of district spokesman Matt Sharp)

Voters in one of mid-Missouri’s fastest-growing school districts have approved two ballot measures today: an $11.6 million no tax increase bond issue and a 20-cent levy transfer.

Bond issue passage required a four-sevenths majority, while the levy transfer measure required a simple majority. The vote on the bond issue was 1,379 to 506, while the levy transfer vote was 1,215 to 668. Enrollment in the Southern Boone R-1 district in Ashland has increased from 1,500 a decade ago to about 2,000 students today.

Southern Boone Superintendent Dr. Tim Roth has told 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that the bond issue will provide improved and safer educational space for VoAg and Arts by connecting directly to the Ashland high school. The district says the bond issue will pay for a new Vo-Ag wing that would include two classrooms, lab space and a shop. The district says it will also fund two new art classrooms and will replace the aging roof on the original high school building. That roof was built in 1991.

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