Administration is asking the newly reconstituted board, at its first meeting, to hire the same financial adviser, George K. Baum and Company, who put together the 2012 issue and it is has already been working with the survey company, Patron Insight, which specializes in talking to school district patrons, sizing up what they might be willing to vote for, and then recommending that approach to school boards.
George K. Baum and Patron Insight worked together to put together the unsuccessful Neosho bond issue proposal recently and has worked on numerous other issues across the state.
Voters have to approve before a school district can borrow money.
As the Joplin R-8 Board of Education decides Tuesday whether to hire Baum, it also will have to deal with more than $2 million worth of change orders for the new Joplin High School/Franklin Tech, and decide on a recommendation by Superintendent C. J. Huff to pay an additional $2,489,675 for a comprehensive audio-visual system for Joplin High School/Franklin Tech.
According to the proposal, much of that will come from a $3 million EDA grant, but "our local match is an additional $750,000."
For the money, the district will receive scoreboard, sound equipment, projectors, microphones, audio and light equipment for auditorium, audio enhancement for Franklin Tech shop areas, hardware for audio and video production classes and an integrated intercom and digital signage throughout the buildings.