MRH to Host Proposition Y Informational Meeting on February 10, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: MRH Elementary School Gymnasium (1800 Princeton Place, Richmond Heights, MO 63117)
An important update will also be shared on the ECC construction project approved by voters (Prop K) to alleviate overcrowding at the ECC and Elementary.
Parents and community members are invited to join us for a “town hall style” discussion hosted by the MRH Board of Education to discuss Proposition Y.
A panel of MRH administrators and Board members will be available to answer your questions about our District’s growth and how it is outpacing our available revenue.
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 the District has closely monitored its budget by reducing expenditures in all areas for the past three years. In the 2015-16 budget, salaries have been frozen for all staff, positions have been eliminated, and much-needed maintenance projects have been deferred. 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 placed 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.
If Prop Y does not pass, the Board and administration will be forced to make additional budget cuts to maintain the fiscal health of the District. These cuts will likely negatively impact student achievement and the many improvements made at MRH over the past decade.
Free child care will be provided (with advance reservation). Please contact Erin Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 446-1730.
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For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.