Proposition READ

Proposition READ: Reinvesting in Education, Academics, and Dedication
The St. Joseph School District's Board of Education approved a recommendation, during a meeting on April 27, to move forward with an August 2022 ballot initiative.

The Board unanimously approved, during the special meeting, ballot language to extend the 61-cent levy with a six-year sunset clause. This is NOT a tax increase, but a renewal of the levy passed under Proposition 2 in April 2019. 

The levy, if passed, would continue to generate approximately $7 million dollars annually for the district for an additional 5 years through the 2028-29 school year. 

The 61-cent levy funds:

  • Teachers & Staff, increased salaries, and the hiring of additional support staff
  • Building Expansion and Improvements, upgrades to heating and cooling
  • Operational Costs, additional projects that are in addition to scheduled preventative maintenance for buildings and equipment included in the regular operating budget

See the full budget recommendation here. 

With the extension of the levy, the district will be able to increase staff salaries through step and lane movement as well as a $500 increase to the base on salary schedules. The district will also hire 6 to 9 extra support staff members each year for high-need classrooms to address disciplinary issues. Due to increased costs, the levy will also provide needed funding to complete HVAC upgrades. Additionally, the district plans to start a pilot program at Pershing and Pickett to provide needed sidewalks to elementary schools. 

Previously funded by the 61-cent levy:

  • Staff salary increases in 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23
  • 9 additional teachers hired to lower class sizes
  • 2 school psychologists hired
  • 4 additional school safety officers (SROs) hired
  • Secure entrances added to Bode, Coleman, Edison, Ellison, Eugene Field, Hosea, Hyde, Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Parkway, Pickett, Robidoux, Skaith, Spring Garden and Truman
  • Higher resolution cameras installed throughout the district
  • VOIP phone system installed, providing a phone in every classroom
  • Deferred maintenance completed throughout the district (ex. asphalt, concrete, tuckpointing, windows, roofs) 

See more information regarding Proposition 2 progress here. 

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