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Changes await students heading back to school

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When students return to school this week, they will likely notice some changes after a number of districts made improvements, all made possible because of bonds.

A $25 million revamp is happening now at in the Raytown School District.

Raytown High School is upgrading it's intercom system after the old one threatened students' safety.

"It was to the point where you just had to hope you could hear the other person," said Travis Hux, assistant superintendent of support services.

Taxpayers approved the bond issue in April. Now, when there is an emergency, students and staff get the message loud and clear.

By next year, the Raytown South High School Cardinals will have a field of their own so that they won't have to share a field with the Raytown High Bluejays.

Ground is also moving on a new school in the Turner Public School District in Kansas City, KS, with the help of a $19.5 million bond issue.

It will replace the nearly 85-year-old Oak Grove Elementary that is clearly showing its age.

"It has a number of issues. The pressing issue was the roof. We had a $2 million price on that," said Jason Dandoy, assistant superintendent of business and public relations.

In the North Kansas City School District, fencing was one of several safety upgrades.

"One of the projects you'll see this fall in North Kansas City schools is a visitors check-in machine which actually scans the visitors ID and does a quick background check so we know exactly who we're allowing in our buildings," assistant superintendent Dan Clemens said.

The improvements are all part of a $21 million bond issue.

Each district KCTV5's Erika Tallan spoke to says this is all taxpayer money well spent.

All of those districts are changing the way visitors enter the schools. Eventually, the front office will be the only way for them to get inside.

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