Clayton Voters Approve Prop W to Rebuild Wydown Middle School
Unofficial results show that School District of Clayton voters approved
Proposition W - a $39.4 million zero-tax-rate increase bond issue on
the April 6 ballot. Prop W will fund the construction of a new facility
to replace Wydown Middle School at its current location.
Election results are not official until they are certified bu the St. Louis County Board of Elections. The bond issue needed a four-sevenths (57.15 percent) majority to pass.
The proposition will keep the District’s current tax
rate the same. The Prop W was developed collaboratively
with over 280 parents, community members, students and staff as part of the
six-month Wydown Tomorrow process.
The current Wydown facility presents significant
challenges for our students and staff. Wydown’s outstanding faculty has done
everything possible to maintain high-quality instruction but crowded hallways,
undersized classrooms, multiple level changes and antiquated building systems
are deficiencies that create very real educational challenges.
We’ve been studying Wydown Middle School for the
past 10 years. The recent community-driven Wydown Tomorrow process not only
built upon and critically evaluated ideas from the past decade but also
explored ten additional options for addressing the needs at Wydown, including a
proposal submitted by a Clayton resident.
In addition to six months of meetings, which were open to the public,
Wydown Tomorrow conducted X tours and held an open house to increase awareness
of Wydown’s facility issues and gather community input. The due diligence
represented by Wydown Tomorrow’s work is a fitting capstone to a decade of
Building a new school at our current home on
Wydown Boulevard will address a countless number of complex issues in ways that
can’t be accomplished by renovating or adding on to the existing building. Out of all
the concepts vetted by Wydown Tomorrow, the “new school” option is the least
disruptive to students, increases parking and green space and provides
significantly more benefits for proportionally fewer dollars than any of the
committee’s renovation/addition options. It’s a plan to improve
our middle school to better support our students and maintain Clayton’s spot as
one of the region’s top school districts.
Proposition W will provide funds to that will
allow us to build a facility that:
Provides a building that fits Wydown’s
existing, rich curriculum
Contains classrooms and learning spaces
sized to meet state standards
Supports state-of-the-art technology
Incorporates principles of green design
Supports Wydown’s strength in fine arts
Provides a flexible building that will
easily adjust to meet future curriculum needs
Thank you for your continued
support of our students and your school district.
Last Modified on January 26, 2010
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