The Wentzville School District has announced the purchase of 31 acres on Interstate Drive near South Point Prairie, where the District will soon start construction on a new elementary school. “This will be a great location for our next building,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “As our enrollment continues to grow, we are increasingly grateful for the support of our community and stakeholders. This new school would not be possible without that support.” The WSD continues to be the fastest growing district in the state, adding on an average of over 500 new students each year since 2000.
The purchase price of the property was $1,405,530 and the appraised value is $1,517,000 according to The Westover Group in St. Peters, Missouri.
“We are very pleased with the purchase price, given the appraisal and the location of the property,” said WSD CFO Pam Frazier. This site will be the location for the 13th elementary school in the Wentzville School District, and the 12th school built in the WSD since 2000.
The new elementary school is just one of the Proposition E projects approved by voters last April which resulted in $125 million in revenue without increasing the tax rate. Additional projects include a new high school, additions at Peine Ridge Elementary, Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, and Pearce Hall, as well as a new gymnasium at Holt High School.
The District is in the process of forming a Boundary Committee made up of parents, staff, and community members to help determine the new attendance areas for WSD schools. The tentative timeline calls for a recommendation to the Board of Education in December for new boundaries that will go into effect when the school opens in the 2020-2021 school year.