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   Property taxes will remain the same for homeowners in the Ferguson-Florissant School District after voters rejected the district's first tax hike request in 21 years.  

   Only 42 percent of voters in Tuesday's election approved the measure that would have raised taxes by 75 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation.  The tax hike would have raised about $6 million for district schools. 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the district is facing a projected $4.6 million shortfall for the coming school year, despite cutting before- and after-school programs and freezing teacher pay.

   MoDOT has issued a traffic advisory for part of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County Tuesday night.  

   Two of four westbound lanes between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Highway 79 are closed for construction until 5 a.m.  

   Crews will be paving a new westbound ramp and the new fifth lane of westbound I-70 as part of the diverging diamond interchange. 

Kirkwood parents learn details of school transfer plans

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:09 Published in Local News

   School starts in Kirkwood on August 20th and Tuesday night parents in the south county district learned how their schools will be affected by the transfer of more than 150 students from Normandy and Riverview Gardens.  

   Kirkwood School Board spokesperson Ginger Cayce says class sizes may fluctuate slightly, but not enough to cause concern.  Cayce says the $12,000 per transfer student that the district will receive will cover the cost of any extra resources needed.  Cayce says the money would be spent on "technology, support staff resources, and any additional teachers or teachers aides we might need in the classroom."

   About 650 people attended Tuesday night's meeting at Kirkwood High.  There were questions about test scores and athletic opportunities, but most showed support for the students coming from the unaccredited districts.  One man even donated money to help cover "incidental costs" for transfer students.  He called on others with the means to do so as well.

 

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