The first of three “call nights” to inform Washington School District’s parents of Prop R: Right Now for Children which will be on the April 2 ballot took place Thursday night.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said about 65 volunteers will help call district parents who are registered to vote to inform them of Prop R.

“We had about 30 volunteers working the phones Thursday night,” VanLeer told The Missourian. “The large majority of them are staff members who are volunteering their time after school hours.”

The volunteers are making the calls from the Bank of Washington. Two more call nights are planned for Monday and Tuesday night.

“In all, we hope to make 2,000 phone calls over the three days,” VanLeer said.

“These are just friendly reminder calls that the election is April 2 and to make sure our parents are aware of what we’re asking,” she said, “and to share how it impacts students and the community, and answer any questions they might have.”

VanLeer said voters will be asked to decide on two questions that have the potential to shape the district’s future.

The first question, a $9 million bond issue, is dedicated to projects that can be completed with absolutely no increase to the current debt service levy, she said.

“Approval of Question 1 will allow our district to upgrade to a wireless technology infrastructure and to build an early childhood education center for comprehensive early learning services,” VanLeer said. “Renovations to the HVAC system at Augusta Elementary and classroom additions at Marthasville Elementary also are included in this plan.”

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 will allow our district to build a new 6-8 grade middle school and renovate the current middle school into a K-5 elementary school,” VanLeer said.

“A new middle school will create much-needed classroom space at all of our elementary schools,” she said, “while renovations at the current middle school will allow the district to retire two aging facilities.”