Gloria Bilchick has strong views on this hotly-contested issue.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Ladue Prop 1: Is the tax hike "excessive?" Let's see... The answer depends on what your definition of “excessive” is. As voters in the Ladue School District debate the merits of a proposed 49-cent increase in the operating tax levy, some opponents say it’s too much and a waste of money. As I’ve written here previously, many of the “NO on Prop 1” signs are planted on the spacious front lawns of some of the biggest homes in the district. And that makes me wonder, how much would the tax increase actually cost homeowners, and what else might they be buying with that money if they didn’t have to fork it over for the schools? First, I learned that the median value of a home within the boundaries of the city of Ladue, in 2009, was $822,000. (…
District vote on April 3 will decide the direction Ladue will take going foward.
Nothing is perfect, especially in the world of education today. But these are just a few of the things the Ladue School District is currently up against. For instance, Reed School serves lunch to its students as early as 10:30 in the morning and as late as 2 p.m. Ladue High has classes with excess of 30 students in a room and the whole district had to forgo its summer camping program. None of this is either tolerable, or tied to the rich tradition of a district that dates back to the 1950s when the high school opened its doors to offer secondary public education starting in 1954. Recently, the Ladue-Frontenac Patch ran a feature on claims by the Vote No committee on Prop 1. Elementary schools, the likes of Conway, Little Ladue (Reed today…