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Hannibal High School putting new bond issue to voters

At Hannibal High School, parts of the heating systems are 50-years-old. That’s just one example of why the Hannibal School District is looking to put a no tax increase general obligation bond issue in front of voters next spring.

Superintendent Susan Johnson said the district would utilize up to $13-15 million to maintain financial stability and pay off the balloon payment of a previous bond while buying new heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for the school.

"This is a large district, and there’s a lot of improvements that need to be made in our facilities, take payers money, and we want to be good stewards of our tax dollars" said Johnson, "we feel like there’s improvements that need to be made sooner rather than later."

Johnson said the money would fund redoing old windows and doors, and upgrades to heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in both schools.

Doors in the school currently have many small windows in them, newer doors are thicker and only have one thin window to protect students and staff.

Local parents, like Heather Ince, who attended Hannibal High School and has a senior there this fall, said issues like these are important to her.

"All of the children in that school should have proper heating and cooling, especially when they’re in a learning environment," said Ince.

Johnson said the community has supported the schools in the past, and she hopes voters will again.

"We’re continuing on with moving this district forward," said Johnson.


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