The Lee’s Summit Chamber Board of Directors has endorsed the Blue Springs School District $99 million no-tax-increase bond issue and the no-tax-increase levy, which will be on the August 7 ballot. Board leaders believe this issue will help protect the longstanding legacy of educational excellence in the Blue Springs School District, which encompasses a number of students living in Lee’s Summit. The bond and levy will improve school security and enhance opportunities available to our students.

If passed, these bond dollars will provide enhancements across the school district which will include the addition of door access points, reinforced glass throughout the district, upgraded exterior lighting, a new visitor management system, panic buttons, and more surveillance cameras, along with enclosure of the campus of Blue Springs High School and the Library Media Centers.

In addition to the securities measures, this bond will create a freshman wing at Blue Springs South High School, a new media center and student learning spaces at Blue Springs High School and multipurpose facilities at three elementary buildings. A number of maintenance projects also will be completed including new roofs, asphalt repairs, updated kitchen equipment and new HVAC units.

The transfer of funds from debt service to operating levy placed on the ballot will allow the Blue Springs School District to hire and retain quality staff and add staff where needed. These funds will also result in the allocation of technology resources so that all high school students will have a mobile learning device.

The bond and levy issue will not increase tax rates for taxpayers because the bonds are paid back over a span of years, resulting in improvements to schools.

The Lee’s Summit Chamber supports the bond and levy issues put forth by the Blue Springs School District and encourages the citizens of Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit, as well as our business community, to show their support for this bond and levy by voting yes on August 7.