MRH to ask voters to approve $30 million bond issue

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education on Thursday agreed to ask voters to approve $30 million dollars in bond sales to pay for brick-and-mortar improvements district-wide, MRH reported. The request does not require a change in the current tax rate in order to repay the bonds.

“Proposition E” will appear on the April 7, 2020, election ballot. A 4/7ths majority of “yes” votes is required for passage. 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.”

Now through late March, MRH will host three Town Hall gatherings to brief citizens on the expected needs at each campus. Each Town Hall will feature presentations by members of the Board of Education. Principals from all buildings will attend each session, as will representatives from Ittner Architects, MRH’s partner in the needs assessment process.

Attendees are urged to issue opinions and advice in-person, via comment card, or by sending an email to prop-e@mrhschools.net 

The Town Halls will take place on the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., MRH High School/Middle School Theatre, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., MRH Elementary School Gymnasium, 1800 Princeton Place, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, MRH Early Childhood Center Gymnasium, 2801 Oakland Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63143

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District will offer child care for youngsters from 3-to-7 years of age during the Town Halls.  PLEASE REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME by using the guidelines below. Arrive at your preferred Town Hall location no earlier than 6:30 p.m. in order to check in your child prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Town Hall session. Absolutely no child drop-offs will be accepted on the evenings of the Town Halls. Attendees requiring child care must send an email to facilities@mrhschools.net   Please include the guardian’s email and an all-hours phone number, along with the name and age of the child and the appropriate meeting dates.

On January 22, the High School/Middle School cafeteria will be used for child care. The Town Hall will take place in the theatre. Deadline to register: January 20.

On February 12, the Elementary School library will be used for child care. The Town Hall will take place in the gymnasium. Deadline to register: February 10.

On March 24, the ECC library will be used for child care. The Town Hall will take place in the gymnasium. Deadline to register: March 20.

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