Board reviews proposed facilities updates, possible zero-tax-rate-change bond issue

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The Pattonville Board of Education on Nov. 9 reviewed a new master facilities plan for Pattonville that adds classrooms to address growth in student enrollment; provides safety and maintenance improvements; and updates school facilities to meet current and future teaching and learning needs (see list below). If approved, the board would then ask voters to fund the new facilities plan by voting on a $111 million zero-tax-rate-change bond issue in April 2022. The board is expected to vote on the plan and funding mechanism during its Dec. 14 board meeting. 

Since last April, Pattonville leaders have been working with parents, students and staff to develop a new districtwide facilities plan to ensure Pattonville’s schools are well maintained and continue to meet the educational needs of its students. The Pattonville Board of Education hired Ittner Cordogan Clark Group, an architectural firm who specializes in education, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of district buildings and assist Pattonville in developing the new plan. Ittner worked with building principals and district leaders to conduct an assessment of the condition of Pattonville buildings, including a space needs analysis. Ittner representatives also met with planning committees, building staff, parents and students to help develop the plan. 

Pattonville has been able to address a number of critical needs in the district via bond issues that required zero change to its tax rate. In the past decade, district enrollment has grown by nearly 10% and future enrollment projections indicate the district may need additional capacity for approximately 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. If the facilities master plan is approved by the board and a bond issue is approved by voters, the elementary additions will be among the first projects completed. A timeline for the remaining projects will be determined once design and construction teams are hired. 

Every few years, Pattonville updates its districtwide facilities master plan in order to address building needs for learning purposes and to keep its aging facilities maintained and in good repair. The last facilities master plan was created in 2016, and a zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue was approved by voters in April 2017 to fund updates and improvements included in the plan. As promised to voters during bond issues in 2006, 2010 and 2017, Pattonville has maintained its debt service levy (the portion of its tax rate that can only be used for paying off bond issue debt) unchanged at 49 cents per $100 of assessed value.

 

Overview of proposed projects by school

Pattonville Early Childhood Center

Bridgeway Elementary School

Drummond Elementary School

Parkwood Elementary School

Rose Acres Elementary School

Willow Brook Elementary School

Remington Traditional School

Holman Middle School

Pattonville Heights Middle School

Pattonville High School

District projects 

 

2021
Bond issue
Board meeting
Facilities planning