Safety, Accessibility & Space

  • Proposition E - April 2, 2019
    A No-Tax-Rate Increase $22 Million Bond Issue

    This school year, the Webster Groves School District began a community process to inform residents about safety, accessibility and space needs in the schools and ask the public for their help in deciding the future direction of the school system.

    After considering feedback from public meetings, focus groups and surveys, the Board of Education decided to place Proposition E, a $22 million no-tax-rate increase bond issue, on the April 2 ballot. Funds would be used to improve safety and accessibility in all schools and relieve crowding in the elementary schools. If approved, the district would be able to make significant improvements in all of its schools with the current debt service levy of 56.99 cents for every $100 of assessed value.

    Proposition E would provide $6 million for safety and accessibility enhancements including secure doors and vestibules for all buildings, asbestos abatement, secure classroom and interior doors, elevators and chairlifts.

    In addition, $16 million would be used relieve crowding at the elementary level by constructing additional space at Hixson Middle School. Sixth grade students would move to Hixson and Steger Sixth Grade Center/Givens School would be converted into a neighborhood elementary school. School boundary lines would be redrawn, which would take effect in 2021-22.

    At left, you can find additional details about the bond issue in the Frequently Asked Questions section. In addition, you can read several assessments of
    building needs (maintenance, accessibility and safety/security), enrollment growth reports in the Studies and Documents at left as well as survey results recorded throughout the process.