Proposition E: Voter Information
Prop E on the April 7, 2020 Ballot
The text of Prop-E is as follows:
“Shall the Board of Education of the School District of Maplewood Richmond Heights, St. Louis County, Missouri borrow money in the amount of $30,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, expanding, improving, furnishing and equipping school sites, buildings and related facilities, including safety and security upgrades, construction of a new middle school/high school gym and renovations and expansion of the middle school/high school cafeteria, and issue general obligation bonds for the payment thereof? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the school district is anticipated to remain unchanged at $1.35 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.”
Registering to vote:
To register to vote and/or find your polling place, contact the St. Louis County Board of Elections by clicking here or call 314-615-1800.
The difference between an operating levy and a bond:
An operating tax levy provides funding for the ongoing day-to-day operations of our schools, such as paying staff salaries/benefits and educating students. A bond issue (on the April 5 ballot) is used when a school district wants to borrow money for major school repairs, construct new buildings and/or expand current ones, or to purchase large amounts of equipment. This loan is paid off over time using funds that can only be used for the purpose of paying off debt. The most recent bond issue for MRH was Prop K (April 2015) which will allow MRH to build additional education spaces to help alleviate the current overcrowding the Early Childhood Center and Elementary School.
The History of Bond Issues in the MRH District
2000: The Maplewood Richmond Heights School district formally incorporated its Safe and Inspirational Spaces practices into its long-range facilities plan.
2001: The district passed a $12 million bond issue to fund construction of a new elementary school, renovation of a middle school center within the high school, and installation of air-conditioning at the Early Childhood Center. MRH was also successful in passing a 52-cent tax levy increase to the operating budget to continue increases in staff salaries, technology budgets, and curriculum and professional development activities.
2004: MRH dedicated the new MRH Elementary School at 1800 Princeton Place, Richmond Heights. The new school was built with funds from the 2001 bond issue and holds grades 3 through 6.
2004: Voters approved a $8.6 million bond issue to fund renovations at MRH High School and the Early Childhood Center.
2005: Renovations began at the high school and the Early Childhood Center. All classrooms, science labs, the gymnasium and a new library/media center were part of the high school renovation. Many of the renovated spaces are jointly used by high school and middle school students.
2009: A new preschool wing opens at MRH Early Childhood Center. The innovative space is created using the Reggio Emilia philosophy. In the following years, the addition received three design awards. Funds for the project were made possible by the passage of Proposition C in April 2007.
2010: The district passed a $9 million bond issue to fund renovations and repairs at each of the schools in the district. MRH was also successful in passing a 67-cent tax levy increase to the operating budget.
2014: The student population is growing at each of the schools, with the most notable increase happening at the Elementary School. A two-room modular classroom building was installed there in 2014 to provide much needed space, maintain small class sizes, and allow for continued personalized instruction.
2015: The District passed a $6.1 million bond issue to fund the construction of additional classrooms at (including a new and larger preschool) to meet the needs of the growing student population.
2016: Voters approved Proposition Y, a $.55 operating tax levy increase, to meet the needs of the growing student population.
2017: Ribbon is cut on the expansion of the Early Childhood Center, creating 15,000 square feet of new and renovated educational space.