Union R-XI School District officials are hoping Proposition KIDS, an $8 million no-tax increase bond issue, will get voter approval.

A no-tax increase bond provides a way for school districts to pay for capital projects that are too costly for a typical budget. If the bond issue is approved by voters, then the school district sells bonds at the lowest possible interest rate.

Essentially, a no-tax increase means the existing tax rate is extended, but not increased.

If the bond issue passes, the district plans to make major improvements at the three elementary schools, middle school, high school and the central office.

The scope of work needed with bond proceeds include new roofing at several buildings, window replacement, tuck-pointing, waterproofing, concrete repair and improvements to the district’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC). The district is also looking to make some safety-related improvements, including some new surveillance equipment and automated door locks.

Additionally, the district is looking at putting in a new district-wide communication infrastructure and safety features, and installing a new septic system at Beaufort Elementary. However, these costs weren’t included in the estimate.

Last summer, the district spent about $768,000 to replace some of the rooftops at Beaufort and Clark Vitt elementary schools. They also replaced some windows to make the buildings more energy efficient. However, Superintendent Steve Bryant said there is not enough money in the district’s capital improvement fund to address all the needs of the district’s buildings.