Jefferson City is currently remodeling Jefferson City High School and building the brand new Capital City High School. At Monday night’s board meeting, the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education decided a final maximum price of $40 million for the two high school projects.
In 2017, voters in Jefferson City chose to raise taxes to fund the renovations and the new high school. Steve Bruce, the president of Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education, says that the community has been vial in making decisions since the beginning of the projects.
“They are the ones that are really in the driver’s seat,” Bruce said. “And when you look at it that way, to me, it is a real no brainer that they are the folks that need that definitely need to be at the table when you are talking about something as large as a $40 million bond issue and the construction and renovation of two high schools.”
Jason Hoffman, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operation Officer for Jefferson City Public Schools, said that Jefferson City High School was overflowing with more and more students every year and severely outdated. He says when the community voted to raise their taxes they also voted to get Jefferson City High School updated to match the new high school.
“Our voters agreed that we want to have two state of the art buildings,” Hoffman said. “So, at the end of this construction that is exactly what we are going to have. Jefferson City High School will be completely remodeled and will be just as good as what we are going to have at Capital City High School.”
The renovations on Jefferson City High School are scheduled to complete in January 2020 and Capital City High School is scheduled to be fully completed in December 2019.