Mehlville school board to discuss panel’s recommendations


Recommendations of the Mehl-ville School District’s Long Range Planning Committee, including placing a 50- or 75-cent tax-rate increase before voters, were scheduled to be considered today — Nov. 3 — by the Board of Education.

The board will consider the Long Range Planning Committee’s recommendations when it meets at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road.

The Long Range Planning Committee presented a revised Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, or CSIP, to the Board of Education Oct. 13, but board members took no action.

The plan encompasses four areas — academic achievement, technology, facilities and finance — and the committee recommended a 50-cent or 75-cent operational tax-rate increase to purchase textbooks, replace buses, lower class sizes, retain staff and improve technology.

The Long Range Planning Committee was established last fall to propose revisions to the district’s CSIP for the school board to consider. The 25-member panel is comprised of district employees, a retired teacher, students and parents. Nearly 300 community volunteers who served on 14 “action teams” assisted the committee in formulating its recommendations.

Board member Karl Frank Jr. made a motion Oct. 13 to accept the panel’s plan as presented and to place a 75-cent operational tax-rate increase before voters next April. The motion died for lack of a second.

In making his motion, Frank said he be-lieved any tax-rate increase placed before voters “will go down in a resounding defeat,” but “I believe that placing a tax levy on the ballot may be the only means necessary to supply this Board of Edu-cation with the wake-up call necessary to truly begin to move the Mehlville School District forward …”