Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowding Sparks Call for Remap Parents Also Seek Specifics on Requests to Borrow Money for New Facilities

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowding Sparks Call for Remap Parents Also Seek Specifics on Requests to Borrow Money for New Facilities

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Rockwood school officials should consider redrawing school boundaries to ease crowding, some parents say.

School officials also should provide taxpayers with detailed information about any requests to borrow money to pay for new facilities, the parents added.

The comments came at a recent meeting at Crestview Middle School in west St. Louis County. School officials are holding a series of meetings to hear residents' solutions to crowding and future building needs. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Rockwood South Middle School, 1628 Hawkins Road.

School Superintendent John Oldani has said that school leaders have discussed the possibility of asking voters in April to approve a bond issue to pay for classrooms, renovations and new technology.

The district could seek approval for up to $55 million in bonds without a tax increase. But Oldani said no decision had been made about how much of that voters might be asked to approve. Committees of parents, residents and school officials have been meeting to study the district's building needs and finances. They will make a recommendation to the School Board in early January.

Recent calculations show the district's enrollment is expected to increase in the next five years to 22,794 from 19,585. Crowding is expected in elementary schools such as Chesterfield, Eureka, Green Pines and Pond.

Complicating planning are four issues:

The future of the voluntary desegregation program, which contributes 2,600 students and about $9 million a year. A decision on the program could come early next year.

The future of the Special School District. Because virtually all of Rockwood students who need special school services already attend Rockwood schools, this is expected to have a minimal effect, Oldani said.

The issue of attendance areas and redistricting.

The implication of the incorporation of Wildwood, which is expected to slow the growth of housing in the district.

Bud Tilley, a parent of students at Crestview and Marquette High School, recommended redistricting. …

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