Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Building Funds Three Districts Seek Approval of Bond Issues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Building Funds Three Districts Seek Approval of Bond Issues

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The St. Charles, Wentzville and Francis Howell school districts are seeking voter approval of bond-issue proposals in the election April 2.

Officials in each school district say passage of the proposals would not increase the tax rate. For passage, each proposal requires the approval of 57.14 percent of the voters.

About $11 million of the $15 million bond issue in the St. Charles district would be used to finance the second phase of renovation at St. Charles High School. "It's really imperative to do that so we have the appropriate facility," said Mark Keen, the district's superintendent.

Two other classroom buildings and the gymnasium, all at the rear of the main high school building, would be modernized and a commons area would be added. "By the time the entire complex is finished," Keen said, "we'll have one building tied together totally without the students going outside."

The school would be made accessible to the disabled and would be wired for technology, Keen said. Additional classrooms and a larger gymnasium would allow for more adult-education classes and public use.

Remaining money from the bond issue would finance improvement projects elsewhere in the district, including plumbing, adding instructional space, improving lighting and accessibility for the disabled, and adding shop space at the Lewis & Clark Career Center.

Other projects being considered are new lockers, replacement of windows, new playground equipment and roofing repairs at various schools. Keen said none of this work is critical, "but it's the kind of project that will cost a lot more down the road to fix rather than to correct it now and do it right."

More than $6 million of the $11 million bond issue proposal at Wentzville would be for a new elementary school in the southeastern part of the district. About $1.5 million would be earmarked for a classroom wing at Wentzville South Middle School. The elementary school and the new wing would be ready for students in fall 1997, said Ron Berrey, the school district's superintendent.

Berrey said the projects are needed because of a growing population, especially in the eastern part of the district. …

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