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Webster Groves School District Plans $50 Million Of Maintenance Over Next 10 Years

The district is currently able to fund much of the work without raising taxes, but a tax increase proposal is possible.

May 08, 2018 - 5:44 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new assssment says the Webster Groves School District will need $50 million to keep its facilities up to snuff over the next 10 years. District officials are now deciding what on the list is necessary and how they'll pay for it.

District Chief Financial Officer Bruce Ellerman says things like new roofs and air conditioning systems are considered essential, while other items on the list are more optional. He tells KMOX the estimated cost is adjusted for inflation, because most of the major work doesn't need to be done for a few years.

The entire district totals 900,000 square feet of facilities, Ellerman says that adds up to an estimated investment of $158 million, so they are looking at "about one-third of the replacement cost."

He says a majority of the work will come in years four though 10 of the district-wide project, with less essential jobs coming in the first few years.  

"We're pretty good at maintaining the equipment, Ellerman says. "That's why the year one and year two needs are fairly minimal."

Ellerman says the district is currently able to fund much of the work without raising taxes, but a tax increase proposal is possible. He hopes to have a clearer picture in six to eight months, as district officials will take that time to prioritize needs.