It sounds like a pretty good deal – passing a $15.58 million bond proposal without increasing taxes.
But that’s what St. Louis school district voters will have the opportunity to do in Tuesday’s primary election.
The 8-mill levy will simply replace a millage of a similar amount that ends this year, according to Superintendent Jennifer McKittrick.
“Since the millage is scheduled to drop off, our communities can raise these funds without increasing taxes from the current levy,” she explained in a letter published on the district’s website. “This August’s vote is the only time we can do this.”
In addition, the bond would be paid off in 11 years and six months, a much shorter timeframe than most schools seek.
The funds would be used to improve air quality in all buildings with new air purification systems that will remove pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and mold spores, as well as reduce energy use.
It would also pay for new roofs, and heating, cooling, energy, technology and security upgrades at the high school, T. S. Nurnberger Middle School, Nikkari Elementary and Carrie Knause Elementary.
In addition, a number of other improvements specific to each building are included.
At the high school, a maintenance building would be converted to a woodshop and a classroom near the gym to a wrestling room; new classroom furnishings and equipment; remodeling of the media center and administration office; and construction of a new greenhouse, among other upgrades.
The middle school would get a new playground pavilion, new sound systems for the gym and cafetorium, and new boilers
Both elementary schools would receive parking lot, playground and mechanical system upgrades, as well as other improvements.
Also, there would be renovations at the tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, concession stand, storage shed and a new building for football officials.
The Westgate building, Camp Monroe and the bus garage would also receive upgrades, and three new buses would be purchased.
“The proposal focuses on preserving district facilities and upgrading aging systems to extend useful life cycles,” McKittrick said. “There would be improvements to indoor and outdoor facilities which will enhance areas and encourage community use and involvement.
“The critical improvements proposed were designed in mind to promote the most optimal learning environment for our staff, students and community.”
The bond proposal is the only item on the primary election ballot.
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