By Dr. Curtis Cain
This week, voters in the Wentzville School District determined the direction we will take moving forward. Preliminary election results from the St. Charles County Election Authority show that Proposition E passed with 71.54% of the vote. With all the precincts reporting, 5,584 votes were cast in favor of Prop E and 2,221 votes (28.46%) were cast against it. The real winners in this election are the students of the Wentzville School District.
The passage of Proposition E will allow the District to sell bonds and borrow funds to build a new high school, a new elementary school, classroom additions at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, Peine Ridge Elementary School, and Pearce Hall, as well as a new gymnasium at Holt High School. Early preparation and design work have already begun, and the District is working closely with a realtor to acquire a parcel of land for the new elementary school.
As we tackle the new construction projects, we are also working on a variety of exciting initiatives for next fall that include an Early College Program for juniors and seniors where they will have an opportunity to earn college credit, and potentially an associate’s degree, while finishing their work towards a high school diploma. Our successful Ignite Program – which provides students with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, make professional connections, and engage in real-world problem solving – will be rolled into a county-wide CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) initiative. This will provide additional opportunities for students in a third Technology Solutions (IT and Digital Media) strand and spread the cost across five school districts. Also, Derrick Docket, our new Director of Marketing, is making great strides laying the foundation for our plan to open up advertising opportunities within the WSD to generate revenue to support our athletic and co-curricular programs.
I would like to thank everyone who supported this bond issue; it was a true grass roots effort and it took the hard work of many people to pass Proposition E. As the fastest growing school district in the state, we are now well positioned to provide the necessary classroom space for our current and future students. This continues the great forward momentum of our District, and will help to ensure that our students continue to achieve at the highest level.
The passage of Proposition E would not have been possible without the time, talent and tenacity of the WSD staff, parents, and community – and it is my pleasure and privilege to continue to lead this District moving forward.