ALTON -- The Alton School Board has placed the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) before voters in the Alton School District three times and three times it has been rejected. The most recent rejection was in November 2002. The bond issue that would allow the school district to make repairs was approved by a majority of the voters but did not meet the four-sevenths majority required to pass the bond issue.
Alton School Superintendent Sheila Wheeler said the school district has gone before the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESR) and asked to reapply for a funding allocation and was told a new application would not be accepted. She said the DESE did say since the vote was so close and needs at the school were so great, state officials did grant a special extension of the original application through the April 8 election. She said she had been told they would be taking no new applications.
Wheeler said the board again would ask for $500,000 to repair or replace roofs on all the buildings. School districts in qualified areas can ask for up to $1 million in bonds.