Proposed School Bond Issues Will Provide Increased Safety and Security

by Carolyn Trower

There will be two questions on the April ballot that ask voters to approve monies needed for improvements to the Ralls R-II County School District.
One of the most important benefits from approval of these monies is the increased safety and security of the county’s students.
Mark Twain High School still has over 60,000 square feet of asbestos floor tile and adhesive that needs to be removed. The Junior High building has over 40,000 square feet of asbestos adhesive under floor tile that needs to be removed.
The administrative offices in MTHS are part of the original 1959 school building. Security issues have increased greatly since then. Redesigning the offices to include one supervised entry point into the building will provide security to meet today’s safety issues.
The detached buildings added in 1959 and 1970 will be enhanced with added entry security measures.
For years, citizens have voiced concerns over the entry and exit pathways from the school lot to Highway 19. These exits will be reconfigured with consultation from MoDOT. Additional parking at the elementary building will be added, and exterior lighting will be added to all facilities and parking areas.