The Wentzville School District has purchased 108.9 acres at the northeast corner of West Meyer Road and North Point Prairie for the construction of a new school, but the district isn’t saying if it will be an elementary, middle, or high school.
The property, with an appraised value of more than $4.3 million, was purchased for $3,906,473, and will be funded with Proposition E funds and district reserves.
“We are very pleased with the purchase price, given the appraisal and the growing challenge of finding suitable sites that are large enough for a school at a price that is fair for our stakeholders,” said the district Chief Financial Officer Pam Frazier.
The Wentzville School District, which is the fastest-growing district in the state, added two elementary schools just this year. One of those was Wabash Elementary, which is off of West Meyer Road about a third of a mile west of the newly-purchased property.
Then, to relieve overcrowding at the middle schools, the district moved sixth-grade classes into the elementary buildings.
“We bought ourselves a good amount of time for our middle schools with the K-6 Plan,” said the district’s chief communications officer, Mary LaPak.
The Board of Education will be placing a no-tax-increase bond issue on the ballot in April 2018 but they haven’t decided if that money will finance a new high school or a new elementary school, both of which the Board have identified as possibilities.
“The Board has requested additional time to review and prioritize proposed projects before voting on what specifically what will be placed on the ballot,” a district press release stated. The board will meet for a work session on December 5.
The district added more than 1,000 students in the last two years, and now has 16,380 students enrolled in grades K-12.