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December 11, 2015

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MRH Board of Education Votes to Place Prop Y on April 5, 2016 Ballot

December 11, 2015

Dear MRH Family,

Over the past decade our community has come together to create and implement strategic goals for our district. Parents, teachers, administrators, alumni, and residents have made the commitment to provide our children the best education available through small class sizes, personalized and differentiated instruction, and wrap-around services to ensure every student succeeds academically and personally. Together, we have created a dynamic, innovative, and successful district for our students. MRH is now a shining example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together to do what is best for its children.

This fall, MRH earned a 98.2% Annual Performance Report (APR) score from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This score, based on academic achievement, standardized tests, college and career readiness, and other factors, is the highest the District has ever received. Our success, known throughout the region and beyond, attracts more families each year to be part of the MRH experience.

In just over 10 years, enrollment (Pre-K-12) has increased 37.8% and continues to grow. This growth is the key factor that drives the District’s operating budget needs, as student enrollment has a direct impact on staffing and expenses. To meet the needs of this growth we have closely monitored our budget by reducing expenditures in all areas for the past three years. In the 2015-16 budget, we have frozen salaries for all staff, eliminated positions, and deferred much-needed maintenance projects. While these efforts have helped, we are still faced with a student population that is outpacing our resources.

To preserve our level of academic excellence, maintain small class sizes, retain our highly qualified teachers, and fulfill the goals set by our community, the Board has voted to place Proposition Y, an operating tax levy, on the April 5, 2016 ballot. Proposition Y calls for an additional $.55 per $100 of assessed valuation of property.  Of the $.55, $.10 will be dedicated to capital improvements and the remaining $.45 to general operating expenses. The enclosed handout provides more information.

Without the passage of Proposition Y, we will be faced with many difficult decisions regarding the future of MRH, and the immense progress we have achieved together will be at risk. Proposition Y will provide the necessary resources to ensure the academic success of our students, fulfill the goals set by our community, and maintain the District’s financial stability.

We encourage all MRH families to make informed choices at the ballot box on April 5.

Sincerely yours,

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

Learn more about Proposition Y:

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