St. Louis Co. school district running short on cash

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

(KMOV.com) – Administrators at the Kirkwood School District told News 4 an increase in enrollment is causing its finances to strain.

District officials told News 4 enrollment has increased by 700 students over the last five years and they believe it will cost an additional $3 million to handle to increase in enrollment. However, they estimate the district’s income declined by $390,000 over the past year.

“Older families are moving out, younger families are moving in and that means more students,” said Kirkwood Superintendent Dr. Tom Williams.

The district said it has hired 41 teachers and staff to handle the increased number of students. Until new revenue can be raised, educators said the district will dip into its reserve fund.  Williams told News 4 the district may ask for a tax increase in 2016 to cover the increased costs.

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