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January 16, 2015

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Board of Education Places Bond Issue 'Proposition K' on April 7, 2015 Ballot

Dear MRH Family,

Over the past 18 months, the Board of Education of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has engaged members of the community for their input and ideas to meet the needs of our growing student enrollment and maintain the financial health of the District. We’ve hosted town hall meetings at each school, held dialogs with parents, and reconvened our Long-Range Facilities Study Committee.  Additionally, we hosted our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) committee last fall to develop goals for our District for the next five years. These committees, representing our entire MRH family, have been comprised of students, parents, community members, alumni, teachers, and administrators.

What we have heard has been a resounding desire to preserve our small class sizes, retain our highly qualified teachers, provide safe and inspirational spaces based on enrollment, and continue supporting the education programs that have resulted in significantly improved student achievement.

In order to meet the needs of our students and community, the Board has unanimously adopted a two-part plan to maintain academic excellence and keep MRH strong. The first part includes the placement of a bond issue on the April 7, 2015 ballot to build new classrooms to address overcrowding at the Early Childhood Center and Elementary School. The second part involves additional strategic adjustments to the budget over and above the cuts from the past two years to ensure the sustainability of district-wide academic programs that are integral to our students’ success. The enclosed handout provides an overview of the plan.

The Board feels this ballot proposition, combined with the strategic budget restructuring, presents the best way forward to meet the needs of our growing District, ensure the continued academic success of our students, and maintain the financial stability of our District. Together, we will preserve high standards and quality educational instruction for our children now, and in the years to come.

We encourage all MRH families to make informed choices at the ballot box on April 7.

Sincerely,

Maria Langston, President
Nelson Mitten, Vice President
Francis Chmelir, Treasurer
Katie Kaufmann, Secretary
Rev. Ralph Posley
Wesley Robb
Ray Crader
 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.