Union School District officials toured a St. Louis elementary school Tuesday to get an idea of what a proposed elementary school might look like.
Four board members, administrators and HTK architects toured Lindbergh School District’s Dressel Elementary Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold said while Dressel Elementary School wasn’t designed by HTK Architects, the school touts many of the features a proposed new elementary school in Union would have.
The Lindbergh elementary school that houses roughly 500 students will help the board members get an idea of how the planned school might look and feel after it’s constructed, he said.
“It’s a great time for us to go up there and see a brand new building,” Weinhold said. “It really fits our need and we’re excited to look at it.”
He added that the trip will help board members and HTK Architect Matt Patterson further define plans for the new elementary school.
The Union School Board is set to meet several times this month to hammer out details on a bond issue set to fund the construction of district upgrades.
The board will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10 and 17, to prepare ballot language for a vote to approve the no-tax increase bond opportunity in the April election.
In order to get the bond on the ballot, ballot language must be created and a specific summary of what the funds would be used for must be approved by the board of education and submitted to the county by Jan. 23, 2018.
HTK Architects President Mark Franzen said during that time the firm will be bringing back further defined plans for the district upgrades that include constructing a new elementary school, upgrades to Beaufort Elementary, renovating to the high school’s media center and upgrades to the district maintenance building, and a new sixth-grade wing at the middle school.
The elementary school, which has been estimated to cost around $15-19 million, is the district’s plan to alleviate overcrowding. This, along with the other improvements throughout the district are estimated to cost approximately $25-31 million.
If the ballot language is approved and submitted for the April 2018 ballot election, the district would need a four-sevenths majority vote to be successful. A $23 million 2019 bond has also been discussed as a backup plan.
The first of the three meetings will be Wednesday night at the Union Middle School art classroom at 6 p.m.