Mehlville Board of Education meets July 31

Mehlville School District officials postponed its Board of Education’s annual retreat last weekend.

Faced with the tasks of forming 2008-2009 goals as well as discussing whether to place two ballot issues before voters in November, the Board of Education had scheduled its annual retreat for July 26.

The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today — July 31 — at the John Cary Early Childhood Center, 3131 Koch Road.

The board was expected at last weekend’s postponed retreat to discuss the results of a recent telephone survey of district residents. The survey was conducted to gauge residents’ feelings on two possible ballot issues for November.

One ballot measure would transfer 31 cents from the district’s debt-service fund to the operating fund. The transfer would generate roughly $5.7 million annually.

Mehlville’s overall tax rate would not in-crease, but the transfer would extend the district’s bonded indebtedness by 15 years.

A second ballot measure would be a 37-cent tax-rate increase to help fund the long-range plan that incorporates suggestions from those who participated in the community-engagement sessions.

The proposed 37-cent tax-rate increase would restore the district’s tax rate to its 2006 level as the district’s total tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation would jump to roughly $3.64 from $3.27.