January 15, 2014 - Lindbergh Schools voters will consider a $34 million bond issue to fund the construction of a new elementary school and improvements at Lindbergh High School when they go to the polls Tuesday, April 8.
The Board of Education voted 6-0 Thursday night to place the bond issue, called Proposition G, on the ballot. Board Treasurer Kara Gotsch was absent.
As proposed, Prop G — for Growth — would increase the district’s debt-service levy by 21 cents, to 68.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation from 47.3 cents. A fourth-sevenths majority — 57.14 percent — is required for passage of the measure.
If approved, bonds totaling $34,035,000 would be issued by the district. Proceeds would fund the construction of a 650-student elementary school on the nearly 10-acre Dressel School site at 10255 Musick Road. The district closed on the $1.94 million purchase of the property in July 2011.
In addition, district officials propose to use $3 million of the bond proceeds to fund some critical needs at Lindbergh High School, including doubling the size of the cafeteria, creating two science classrooms from existing classrooms, converting a record-storage room into two new classrooms, modernizing the library and replacing the wood floor and bleachers in Gymnasium 3.
The board’s action came after four representatives of the District Growth Committee presented the panel’s report to the school board Tuesday night. The committee’s report recommended a sixth elementary school be constructed on the Dressel School site to address the district’s aggressive enrollment growth.
From 2007-2008 to 2012-2013, the district's residential enrollment increased by 569 students. Lindbergh's official enrollment for the current school year is 6,115 students, which exceeded the district's projections by 50 students.
For the next five years, the district is prepared to address the enrollment growth at Lindbergh High School and the district's two middle schools — Sperreng and Truman.
But the growth is creating a problem at the district's elementary schools.
Four elementary schools — Sappington, Concord, Long and Crestwood — are designed for 500 students each. But three have exceeded their capacity — Sappington with 621 students, Concord with 577 students and Long with 551 students.
Crestwood is nearing capacity with 482 students, while Kennerly, designed for 450 students, exceeds capacity with 462 students.
From 2013 to 2018, district officials project residential enrollment will increase by 464 students, not including an estimated 120 additional students from new subdivisions being constructed.
Look for complete coverage in the Jan. 23 issue of the Call.