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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 2:14 pm

Voters in the Washington School District will vote Tuesday whether or not to finance major improvements to district schools.

A two-question bond issue is on Tuesday’s municipal election ballot.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In Washington, the polling places are:

Ward 1 — American Legion Hall;

Ward 2 — Headquarters Fire Station;

Ward 3 — Knights of Columbus Hall; and

Ward 4 — City Hall Council Chambers.

Also on the ballot is a three-way race for two seats on the Washington Board of Education. The candidates are Dan Contarini, incumbent, Trish Mitchell and John Lippert.

Voters in two city wards will decide races for open seats on the Washington City Council.

In Ward 1, incumbent Walt Meyer is running for a third council term. His opponent is Tom Coulter who narrowly lost two years ago in a three-way race for the seat.

Connie Groff, incumbent, is seeking re-election in Ward 3 and faces opposition from Jeff Patke.

Profiles and interviews with school board and council candidates ran in the Wednesday, March 27, issue of The Missourian.

School Issue

The first question on the school district ballot is a $9 million no tax increase bond issue that would be used to modernize and upgrade to a wireless technology infrastructure for all buildings, and build an early childhood education center for comprehensive early learning services.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said one of the biggest issues facing the district is the inequitable access to technology, and wireless infrastructure and that would be addressed if the first bond issue question is approved.

A new early childhood center would enable the district to better serve incoming students through early intervention and allow all in-town preschools, early childhood special education and Parents as Teachers to be under one roof, school officials said.

The district also will be able to complete HVAC renovations at Augusta Elementary and make classroom additions at Marthasville Elementary as part of Question 1.

Question 2 seeks approval of a $40 million bond issue which requires a 25-cent increase to the existing debt service levy.

Approval of Question 2 would allow the district to build a new 6-8 grade middle school on property it owns off Highway 100 and renovate the current middle school into a K-5 elementary school.

Currently, the middle school only serves seventh and eighth grades.

Other Races, Issues

The March 27 Missourian also featured stories outlining other races and issues on the ballot throughout Franklin County.

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