April 2022 Bond Overview
On April 5, 2022, you — Ozark voters — approved a $19 million no tax increase bond issue. Your vote made a difference and will make our schools safer while accommodating growth. The support of our community is one of our greatest assets.
Since April, we have been busy wrapping up our June 2020 bond projects while kicking off these new bond projects. Here are some highlights:
- Projects include storm shelters at Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center, Ozark Middle School and Ozark High School, as well as a new entrance at OMS and an indoor activities building at OHS
- In September, the Board of Education selected Branco Enterprises Inc. as the construction manager at risk for all projects
- Construction will start spring 2023
- Estimate completion date on all projects is August 2024
Ozark Breaks Ground on OMS Storm Shelter
It might not have been the typical groundbreaking with shovels moving dirt in the sunshine, but the rain didn’t damper the excitement as Ozark School District officially broke ground March 23 on the Ozark Middle School storm shelter and new entrance, a project part of the $19 million no-tax-increase bond issue voters approved on the April 5, 2022, ballot.
You're invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for OMS on March 23 and for Tiger Paw and OHS on March 31.
Project Update - March 8, 2023
After a year of planning following April 2022 voter approval for a bond to build 3 storm shelters and an indoor practice facility, we are excited to officially start the construction projects and break ground!
Project Update - Dec. 14, 2022
Since April, we have been busy wrapping up our June 2020 bond projects while kicking off these new bond projects. Here are some highlights with updated project renderings.
Voters Approve April 5 Ballot Issues
Thank you for taking the time to vote April 5. Our $19 Million No Tax Increase Bond Issue & Levy Transfer passed. Your vote made a difference and will help make our schools safer while accommodating growth. The support of our community is one of our greatest assets.
Tomorrow is Election Day
See you at the polls tomorrow! Here is the language you will see on your ballot regarding our $19 Million No Tax Increase Bond & Tax Levy Transfer.
You're Invited: Tour the OIC & Ask Questions about April 5 Election - March 30
Would you like to see the progress of the Ozark Innovation Center? Do you have questions about the $19 Million No Tax Increase Bond Issue & Levy Transfer? You have two opportunities to join us!
Question 1: OHS Storm Shelter - March 23
The storm shelter at Ozark High School would serve as physical education and practice space. As we move ninth grade to OHS next school year, our two current gyms will be full. If approved, our $19 Million No Tax Increase Bond Issue will double indoor practice space at OHS and allow smaller PE class sizes.
Question 1: OMS Storm Shelter - March 16
The storm shelter at Ozark Middle School would serve as additional classrooms. As this facility nears capacity, adding 6-8 classrooms allows us to maximize its use.
Question 1: Tiger Paw Storm Shelter - March 9
The storm shelter at Tiger Paw would serve as a cafeteria. Currently there is not a cafeteria or commercial kitchen in the facility. Meals are delivered from East Elementary and eaten in the gymnasium. As we increase our enrollment, delivering meals is no longer feasible.
Question 2: 10 Cent No Tax Increase Levy Transfer - March 3
The 10 cent no tax increase levy transfer will transfer 10 cents from our debt service fund to our operating expenses fund.
Ozark Bond Announcement - Feb. 14
Ozark voters will see two questions from Ozark School District on the April 2022 ballot — a $19 million no tax increase bond issue to construct three storm shelters, and a 10 cent no tax increase levy transfer to help offset rising operating costs.