What’s next after voters approve a 10 million dollar bond issue in Carthage

Both Carthage Technical Centers to be improved with new bind issue

CARTHAGE, Mo. – “From last year, 76 out of a little more than 100 kids still work in Carthage. So it shows the tech center’s very vital to our community,” says Carthage Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker.

10 million dollars. That’s how much will be put into some pretty big changes at the technical centers in Carthage.

“A lot of programs that can be added or expanded. A lot of them in the medical field, physical training, athletic training,” says Baker.

The biggest changes will be at the South Tech Center that’s on the high school campus. It will see a 40-thousand square foot expansion to make room for more than a dozen more classrooms, programs that will be moved from the North Tech Center, and all-new programs like culinary art and digital media.

“We’re also maxed out in classrooms at the high school. By moving some classes out of the high school and into the tech center, that will provide us with some extra room. And our thing is we lose instructional time every day because we have to shuttle kids from the high school to the north tech center and back,” says Baker.

The North Tech Center on South River will also be renovated, with new programs being added that are geared more toward adults.

“OSHA, forklift, and some of the things that we know within our community that adults need training in,” says Baker.

The district doesn’t quite know how much it will cost to renovate the North Tech Center, because they have to go through the process of determining the cost of expansions at the South Tech Center. But, construction will happen at both centers at the same time.

“I think the community realized this is a fantastic time to pass this bond issue. The things that we want to add to the program are perfect for what we need for jobs in the next year or so,” says Baker.

The district hopes construction will start in mid-August, with the projects being complete by the following year.

The bond issue does not increase the current tax rate, but it extends it for another six years, until 2040.