They lost $14-million in tax revenue the last few years. They've made painful cuts resulting in the elimination of 60 positions including teachers... Class sizes have gotten bigger. Lindbergh School leaders finally get a break.
The passage of a 65-cent property tax Tuesday night (11,836 to 10,210) means the hemorrhaging stops. At least for now.
The increase means the schools will generate $8-million more a year and not have to do anymore deficit spending.
Lindbergh Schools superintendent Jim Simpson was relieved but not totally surprised the measure passed. He says he sold taxpayers on excellent academic achievement and test scores and said if they want that too continue, they really need to support this.
"The political climate is so difficult to get yes on anything practically. It's a very unusual time. We really focused on the positive aspects of Lindbergh schools. Our tradition of high test scores our high property values," said Simpson.
I met a parent who was very pleased. Leslie Weiss fought to see Prop. L passed. She told me her son in middle school was really feeling the crunch of larger class sizes.
"It just makes for a better place that Prop. L passed," said Weiss.
Meantime, the neighboring Mehlville School District saw taxpayers reject an 88-cent property tax increase that would have resulted in the construction of a new middle school among other improvements around the district. Superintendent Terry Noble was not interested in doing an on-camera interview with me. He says it's too soon to know what the next step is for Mehlville Schools.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.