The Nixa Board of Education has approved two issues for the April 2 ballot.

Question 1 is a Debt Service Bond Issue with no tax levy increase for various projects, and Question 2 is a change to the current Operating Levy. The approval of both ballot issues would allow the district to access funds to complete the following projects:

  • Construct classroom additions at Century Elementary that would allow the district to bring 4th graders back to the school from Summit.
  • Remodel Eagle Stadium at Nixa High School with expanded seating and concession areas.
  • Construct a new performing arts center at Nixa High School, which would seat at least 1,000 people, to replace the current theater and remodel theater classroom areas.
  • Remodel the current theater to a new band room to accommodate the students who are enrolled in the band program.
  • Expand the choir room to accommodate the students who are enrolled in the choir program.
  • Enhance the teacher salary schedule.
    • Nixa’s current starting teacher salary is $36,781.
    • Nixa’s starting salary is less than area schools including Ozark, Springfield, Willard, and Republic.
    • Nixa’s starting salary is less than the state average starting salary of $37,454 for school districts with 4,000-14,999 student population, according to MSTA’s 2017-18 salary schedule report.
    • According to an April 2018 NEA report, Missouri ranks #41 in teacher pay.
  • Nixa High School would expand classroom space.
    • Since the school opened almost 20 years ago, the high school’s population has grown from about 1000 students to almost 1700 students.
  • High Pointe Elementary and Century Elementary would receive upgrades to their entrances to allow for a more secure and controlled entry into the school.
  • Inman Intermediate would receive roofing repairs.
  • High Pointe & Summit will receive a classroom infill.
  • Construct multi-purpose rooms/gyms at Century and Espy.
  • Yearly maintenance on and upgrade of HVAC systems as needed at district buildings.
  • Complete roofing repairs across the district.
  • The district also has additional projects that would be completed if funding allows.

On Question 1 the Debt Service Tax-Levy will not change from its current rate of $1.0666 if the Bond Issue passes or fails. Question 2 is a $0.41 Operating Tax Levy increase for various projects.

The increase would be approximately $6.49 a month for a $100,000 home.  The last time the Board of Education asked for an increase to the Operating Levy was 14 years ago.