Stewartsville School District Hopes to Upgrade Outdated Facility

The Stewartsville School District is hoping for upgrades it says was needed decades ago. 50 years later, a temporary add-on is an on-going problem for teachers and students.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 12:30 PM

(STEWARTSVILLE, Mo.) While the general election approaches, schools are also a pressing issue.

The Stewartsville School District is hoping for upgrades it says was needed decades ago.

50 years later, a temporary add-on is an on-going problem for teachers and students.

"The facility itself is just really dated, was not really supposed to be in existence at this point," Stewartsville teacher Dee Flint said.

The metal building houses Stewartsville elementary classrooms. It was built 50 years ago as a temporary fix, but the building is cold and some kids say they have to wear a coat in class.

"Upstairs they have heating but down here it's just a metal building so it's just really cool because the metal gets cold," fifth grader Collin Lundy said.

The superintendent says access is also a problem.

"Currently where are art room is, we don't have wheelchair accessibility to that part of the building," Stewartsville superintendent Jay Albright said.

Stewartsville voters will have a chance on April 3 to change that. A bond proposal that would finance a $1.1 million elementary wing extension is on the ballot.

"For new classrooms, new nurses office, new restrooms," Albright said.

Grades 2-3 would move into the new building and students think it will make the elementary kids happy.

"This has always been, normally been smaller, and I feel like they will like a more open area," sixth grader Lexi Gann said.

The April 3rd bond issue does not raise taxes. The current bond will be extended 13 years if Stewartsville voters okay the issue.

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