GRANBY — The East Newton R-6 School District Board of Education approved a resolution to do a repayment of $150,000 on the district’s general obligation bonds in March during Tuesday’s meeting. This will save taxpayers about $6,750 of interest.

GRANBY — The East Newton R-6 School District Board of Education approved a resolution to do a repayment of $150,000 on the district’s general obligation bonds in March during Tuesday’s meeting. This will save taxpayers about $6,750 of interest.

The move “will actually increase the debt service amount, but then what the board will do is agree to roll off, do a voluntary reduction to keep that debt service levy the same as it was last year,” Superintendent Todd McCrackin said. “The levy this year for debt service is .4691, which was what it was last year.”

Asked what that means to patrons, McCrackin explained that the board discussed for the last two years the possibility of having no tax or debt-service increase in April.

“That would mean that the levy would stay the same (.4691), with no expectation with that ever increasing. It would cover the cost of a bond issue. The $2.75 obviously in the operating is as low as it could go and as high as it could go, so that is set,” he said of the tax amount per $100,000 property valuation. Then that debt service levy would be set, as well.”

While the board has not chosen to do a bond issue at this time, that could change, McCrackin said. If there is a bond issue at some point that voters approve, “we would be able to do some much-needed capital improvements on all three of our facilities.”

During the meeting and coinciding with possibile capital improvements, McCrackin said an outside group from St. Louis – Control Technology and Solutions (CTS) presented a report to the board.

“This group has done a lot of work with area schools, well known with the districts around us, so they come highly recommended,” said McCrackin. “They were just looking with an outside eye. They presented some things that they noticed at all three campuses that we might include in a list of possible improvements. That is a very long list and again, they only touched some of the highlighted ones.”

McCrackin provided examples of possible capital improvements listed by the CTS consulting group. Every campus needs roof repairs, upgrades to single-pane windows and improved HVAC units. In addition, Granby and Triway need security cameras.

McCrackin said that is a short list.

“What we want to do eventually — as we get closer and the board is getting more of firm on whether or not they are going to do this — we are going to survey our staff at each campus, let our staff create a list,” he said.

“Then also what we would like to do if that gets rolling is obviously get some input from stakeholders, patrons in the district and let them look at the list that our outside resource and our teachers have created. (We would) see if they would be so inclined to help in any way, even add to the list or help support an issue. There again, the potential (is) we would be able to run one bond issue that would not increase any taxes.”

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the district’s central office.