Sifton urges Mehlville School District voters to approve Proposition R

To the editor:

For years, the Mehlville School District has thrived as one of the most efficiently run systems in the St. Louis region.

Mehlville’s expenditures per pupil and tax levy both rank 22nd out of the 23 school districts in St. Louis County. Mehlville schools reflect the community’s values. When Missouri led the nation with 13 Character Education Partnership school of character designations last year, six came from a single district — Mehlville.

It is of utmost importance to the community that Mehlville schools sustain their excellence. Unfortunately, mounting evidence demonstrates insufficient resources threaten Mehlville’s continued success. Proposition R will provide 16 more teachers for struggling students. It will also allow the district to update antiquated classroom technology and avoid $3 million in further cuts to academic programs.

All of the money from Proposition R will stay in the community to benefit local children.

Mehlville schools and kids deserve your support on Nov. 3.

Please vote “yes” on Proposition R.