On Saturday, March 10th, more than 70 Wentzville School District parents, students, staff members and concerned citizens went door to door to inform residents about Proposition E on the April 3rd ballot. The volunteers (including District administrators and Board of Education members) met at St. Gianna Church for maps and campaign materials before visiting neighborhoods in Foristell, Wentzville, Lake Saint Louis, Dardenne Prairie and O’Fallon. Proposition E is a no-tax increase bond issue for:
- A new, comprehensive high school;
- A new elementary school;
- A new gym at Holt High School;
- Classroom additions at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, Pearce Hall and Peine Ridge Elementary.
During a brief presentation to the volunteers before canvassing started, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain shared “The reason we are in a position to place Prop E on the ballot without asking our stakeholders for a tax increase, is because a number of factors have all come together at the right time. Those factors include: increased tax revenue from higher assessed valuations and a broader tax base, we have refinanced outstanding bonds nine times in the past eight years, saving over $23 Million in interest payments, we have made strategic fund transfers from our general fund to our debt service fund, all combined with the overall fiscal responsibility demonstrated by staff members across the District.”
Proposition E volunteers will be out canvassing WSD neighborhoods again on Saturday, March 17th. “I feel it is important for parents to be involved and step up to support our schools and our community,” said WSD parent Maggie Harr. “My kids will be in this school system for years to come, and I’ve witnessed the enrollment growth as well as the exceptional opportunities for students in the WSD first hand. I want to be sure that the District continues to move forward and that all our students have adequate classroom space and facilities to learn and grow – that’s why I am voting yes on Prop E.” The Wentzville School District continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state in the 21st century, averaging more than 620 new students every year since 2000. For more information on Proposition E, visit the WSD website and the Wentzville Schools Campaign Facebook page.