Facilities Steering Committee begins work

Facilities Steering Committee begins 18-month study of facility needs
Posted on 03/07/2019
Facilities Steering CommitteeIn 2020, the district has the opportunity to invest in its facilities and operations without increasing the existing tax rate. However, this requires placing a proposition on the ballot and the support of the community.

In order to decide what, if anything, to place on the ballot, the district has formed a Facility Steering Committee to gather feedback on facilities, determine needed projects and prioritize those projects at each school and across the district. The steering committee will make a recommendation to the Mehlville School District Board of Education on what should be placed on the 2020 ballot. 

The committee, which is comprised of staff and parents from each school, and community members, began meeting in December. Through the spring of 2020, the committee will meet at each school to review feedback from parent, staff and student facility surveys and to begin prioritizing needs. So far, the committee has visited Washington Middle School and Oakville Middle School. Patterns of needs observed to date include facility upgrades related to safety and accessibility, HVAC and modernized learning spaces. 

"Every committee member will obtain the big picture of facility needs across the district while also being informed of the needs of each individual building or campus," said Dr. Chris Gaines, superintendent. "This will provide them with both the in-depth knowledge and district-wide perspective if they choose to make a recommendation to place a proposition on the ballot in November 2020."

Parents and students are encouraged to provide their feedback on their school's facility when surveys are distributed the month prior to the committee's visit. Members of the community are welcome to provide their feedback during the open houses prior to each committee meeting. For more information please contact Dr. Chad Dickemper, executive director of planning and development, at 314-467-5011 or cdickemper@msdr9.org.

Upcoming Facilities Steering Committee Meetings
Bierbaum Elementary School (2050 Union Road, St. Louis, MO 63125)
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Rogers Elementary School (7700 Fine Road, St. Louis, MO 63129)
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Blades Elementary School (5140 Patterson Road, St. Louis, MO 63129)
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Forder Elementary School (623 W. Ripa Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Beasley Elementary School (3131 Koch Road, St. Louis, MO 63125)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Point Elementary School (6790 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129)
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.

Bernard Middle School (1054 Forder Road, St. Louis, MO 63129)
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Open House 5-6:30 p.m. | Committee Meeting 6:30-8 p.m.
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