St. Louis County School Districts Seeking Money To Expand, Update Buildings

By on March 19, 2019

From St. Louis Public Radio:  School districts in west and south St. Louis County are seeking voter approval to make significant facility upgrades that officials say will ease overcrowding and improve security.

There are four districts with funding propositions on the April 2 municipal election ballot. Lindbergh, Webster Groves and Bayless are all proposing no-tax-rate-increase bonds. Clayton is asking voters to approve a 56 cent property-tax increase.

Bond amounts range from $7.3 million in Bayless to $105 million in Lindbergh. Clayton’s tax increase would generate an additional $7.3 million in revenue annually.

Student populations in near-west and south county schools have grown in recent years. In addition, school leaders say buildings are in need of significant maintenance and renovations to make campuses safer.

A tax increase from Clayton residents will allow the district to meet budget needs, according to officials. Clayton has the highest per-student spending ratio in the county.

Here’s a breakdown of the different ballot measures:

Lindbergh

The south St. Louis County district is asking for approval to take out a $105 million bond. The district wants to improve security at entrances to five elementary and middle schools by adding a “double vestibule” that requires visitors to be buzzed in twice before gaining access.

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