Construct and Renovate

“While we are ecstatic over the approval to construct Capital City High School and completely renovate Jefferson City High School, we are equally appreciative of the ability to add instructional resources for all buildings and grade levels for years to come. Collective action with JC Chamber member partnerships will equip and enable JCPS to fulfill our vision:

To become the premier school district in Missouri!”

The Chamber has a long history of supporting education and a tradition of supporting school bond issues since 1903 when the Club’s advocacy of the passage of an $80,000 bond issue contributed to its overwhelming adoption (1,162 to 80). This bond issue allowed for the repair and/or erection of six buildings. The school bond issue of 1913 expanded the high school which was then named Ernst Simonsen High School after the Commercial Club (Chamber) President.
During the early 1920’s, the Chamber promoted the building of the Senior High-Junior College on Miller Street which opened in 1926.
In 1951, Chamber member and former president, William R. Tweedie, chaired a special advisory committee to study the city’s educational needs. Out of this committee came the school district’s first million-dollar bond issue campaign which led to the most ambitious building program to date and included Southwest, Moreau Heights and South.
“It’s Time” was the slogan for the 1990 school bond issue which was strongly supported by the Chamber. This $25 million bond issue and levy increase funded two new middle schools and other expansion projects.
“We often say that education is the backbone of every great community. We’re thrilled that so many businesses and organizations in Jefferson City understand that and support the work of our schools.”
-Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent, Jefferson City Public Schools
In April 2017, Jefferson City voters approved both ballot issues Proposition J and Proposition C. Prop J (bond issue) passed with 62% support from voters. Prop C (levy issue) passed with 60% support. These propositions centered around the construction of a second high school, the renovation of Jefferson City High School and Nichols Career Center, and a total tax levy increase of $1.10 (from $3.69 to $4.79).
The Chamber has also been a strong supporter of and advocate for Lincoln University. In the 1950’s, Chamber officials sought to keep Lincoln University alive, and has supported the institution ever since. In 1988, the Chamber raised over $20,000 in LU scholarships for local students from Jefferson City High School and Helias. In 1990, the Chamber helped raise more than $80,000 to repair LU’s track in order to attract statewide competitions. Chamber staff and members serve on Lincoln’s task forces and also on presidential search committees. The Chamber works closely with the LU Small Development Center to encourage entrepreneurism.
Guided by a deeply-held commitment to vigorously promote the educational needs of the Jefferson City and Cole County communities, Chamber leaders continue to recognize the central role excellent schools play in economic development and strongly supports both the public and private schools in the community and are very appreciative of the growth and investment made by these schools. With the new building expansion at Helias Catholic High School and the new athletic complex, the expansion project at St. Joseph Cathedral School, planned expansion projects at Calvary Lutheran High School, and upcoming bond issues at Blair Oaks, there is a great deal of excitement in our communities!

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