The Maplewood Richmond Heights school board has voted to place Proposition E on the April 7 ballot, allowing the sale of $30 million in bonds to pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades at all district buildings.
Residents’ property taxes will not increase if Prop E is passed.
Informational town hall meetings are planned at the MRH Elementary on Feb. 12 and at the ECC on March 24. Both are 7 – 8:30 p.m. Information is also online at mrhschools.net.
According to the district the funds would be used to construct new classrooms, create safer entry points in all buildings, make cafeteria improvements, replace windows and repair roofs, add a gymnasium, update restrooms, repair fields and playgrounds, add perimeter fencing, and make other upgrades designed to maintain safe and inspirational learning spaces.
For the high school and the middle school campus, additional classrooms, cafeteria expansion, as well as extending the gymnasium are planned. Also the infrastructure, HVAC, and plumbing systems in the 1929 building are in urgent need of upgrades to keep up with the burgeoning student population. For the elementary school and ECC, MRH continues to learn best practices for ensuring safety at our campuses. The practice of funneling visitors to one location has proven to help manage safety within buildings. This approach will take place at all campuses.
In 2005 the K-12 population was 971. At the end of last school year the population was 1,438, a 48% increase. In the middle and high schools the increases for that time period are 47% and 24% respectively.