KSD eSpotlight

Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Please visit our Prop R website - kirkwoodschools.org/PropR - for an overview of resources including informational videos, project renderings, our FAQ page, and more.

Make a Plan to Vote on Tuesday, April 6

1. Determine what time of day you are going to vote. Polling places are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in line at the closing time of 7:00 p.m. you have the right to cast your vote.

2. Decide on your polling place. Several KSD schools/buildings are voting sites on Tuesday: Keysor, Tillman, Robinson, North Kirkwood Middle, and Hough which is in the parking lot of our Kirkwood Early Childhood Center. Ample parking will be available on our campuses. Just look for the "Parent and Community Voter Parking Only" signs. Other voting sites in the KSD Community include: Kirkwood Community Center, Des Peres City Hall, Glendale City Hall, Greentree Church, Webster Christian Church, Oak Bend Library, Meramec PE Lobby, Glendale Lutheran, The Lodge. Pick which location works best for you, or any other location within St. Louis County, and VOTE on Tuesday, April 6. For a complete list of polling places and line times, visit kirkwoodschools.org/VoteApril6.

3. Go VOTE

Prop R: Fact Check

In our community, there are vocal individuals who have consistently opposed any initiative for Kirkwood Schools and seek to defeat efforts to fund public schools. KSD officials have met with the individuals, listened to concerns, and provided the information requested. Yet they remain opposed and are spreading inaccurate information throughout our community.

KSD values transparency and would like to correct this misinformation.

KSD Consistently Seeks Feedback from the Community using Various Avenues - In-Person, Social Media, Virtual Meetings and Direct Mail

Specific to Prop R
A third-party firm was used to ensure KSD listened to the community regarding addressing CURRENT overcrowding, accessibility and safety and security needs. The firm brought in more than 100 people to participate in focus group discussions to create the community survey. These individuals were invited and participate in one of the focus groups. More than 3,000 community members responded to the survey. A postcard outlining how to complete the survey online or request a paper copy was mailed to each household.

Student Enrollment

Student enrollment remains robust in KSD - even during the pandemic. The additional 41 classrooms are for CURRENT student enrollment and a conservative increase in enrollment of 4 to 5 percent during the next 5 years.

If Prop R doesn't pass, class sizes will go up. We have no choice. We do not have the classroom space to create additional sections.

The additional classrooms are not the ONLY need in our schools. Please see information about safety and security, accessibility, and other maintenance improvements needed in our schools.

Employees' children attending KSD schools. Every school district in St. Louis County offers this benefit to employees, except Parkway. It is a recruitment and retention practice in public education and part of the benefits package.

Investment in Your School, Home and Community

Great Schools are a source of pride for our community - we must keep them in good condition. School districts in Missouri have a local tax revenue stream to make major improvements to school buildings called the debt service levy. The debt service levy funds general obligation bonds used for major construction. Every school district, except Mehlville, in St. Louis County, has a debt service levy. KSD's debt service levy is one of the lowest in St. Louis County at 27 cents. The average debt service levy is 79 cents. The only schools lower than KSD are Ferguson-Florissant and Mehlville.

Prop R is a zero-tax rate change bond proposal, which means your tax rate will not change. We are ASKING voters if we may extend our current debt to address critical needs within our schools. Prop R will NOT lead to a tax increase down the road. The additional cost for heating and cooling the additional classrooms is less than one percent of KSD's operating budget.

For more facts, visit kirkwoodschools.org/FactCheck.

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Thank you

Thank you for your flexibility yesterday with asynchronous learning to allow our staff the opportunity to take part in the mass vaccination event. We would also like to thank the Urban League and Missouri National Guard for providing vaccines for our staff.