Does Lindbergh need another elementary school?
Four of our five elementary schools are currently operating above capacity, and the fifth, Crestwood, is located in one of the fastest-growing areas.
Today, there are enough elementary students to fill a sixth building. As enrollment continues to increase by approximately 464 students between now and 2018, it will be necessary to add another 650-student building.
Why can’t you place additional students in the five existing elementary buildings?
Right now, every elementary school classroom is being used. Additional growth would mean repurposing spaces such as art and music rooms, libraries, and gymnasiums.
In addition, smaller schools are proven to be better for educating students. For example, when Truman opened as a second middle school in 2011, student achievement jumped to No. 1 in Missouri!
What does Prop G mean for Lindbergh High School?
Prop G will address the most significant growth issues at Lindbergh High School, including a badly overcrowded lunch situation that forces students to eat at tables in the hallways, science teachers who do not have permanent classrooms, and a library in need of technological improvements to best serve as many students as possible.
Prop G will also replace the original bleachers and flooring in Gym 3, which is the school’s only meeting space large enough to accommodate the entire student body.
Will you use Dressel School or build a new building?
We will build a new building because we will need to accommodate 650 additional students, which is not possible in the existing Dressel School.
Dressel will remain in use during construction, providing much needed space for ancillary programs such as LEAP (Lindbergh Eager Achievers Program for gifted students), Lindbergh Early Childhood Education, Parents as Teachers, Lindbergh Activities and Lindbergh Athletic Association.
How would you pay for teachers to staff a sixth elementary?
As elementary enrollment continues to grow, staff will be added as our budget allows.
If Prop G passes, Dressel School would open in 2017, and some teachers and staff will be transfered into the new building, alleviating overcrowding districtwide. The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education has a long tradition of asking for only what we need. For many years, the board voted to roll back taxes, saving residents more than $32 million. Another $5 million has been saved through refunding of previous bonds.
What does Prop G mean for our community?
Lindbergh’s outstanding academic achievement — No. 1 among K-12 districts in Missouri for the past four years! — is a magnet for young families.
Affordable homes make neighborhoods in our district even more attractive. Protecting class sizes and individualized student instruction ultimately keeps Lindbergh a destination district, which strengthens our community.
What does Prop G mean for middle schools?
Opening Truman as a smaller, second middle school in 2011 yielded amazing results in student achievement.
Truman now ranks No. 1 among Missouri public middle schools, and Sperreng is close behind at No. 5. The middle school split, made possible by community support, proved that maintaining smaller schools and class sizes can have a dramatic positive effect on student achievement.