On April 4, voters in the Rockwood School District will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. The Rockwood Labor Club is urging a “YES” vote on this important measure, and is also endorsing several school board candidates.
“School districts are the cornerstones of any community,” said Rockwood Labor Club President Marty McClimens (Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562).”The Rockwood District has an outstanding track record as one of the premiere districts in the state and an investment like Prop T will help keep us that way.”
Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. A four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority is necessary for passage on April 4.
The measure would address class sizes by:
- Building a new Eureka elementary school to address increased student enrollment.
- Repurposing the existing school for early childhood education and district programs
- Adding classrooms to schools to address increased student enrollment
The measure would continue support for innovative learning The measure would continue support for innovative learning by:
- Creating and equipping elementary innovative learning spaces to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the district curriculum.
- Completing the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations.
- Expanding implementation of the district’s one-to-one student/technology program.
According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost about 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next five years. "The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by the compromise to our recent class size efforts, especially in our elementary grades. The growth that is coming has the potential to ripple a redistricting effort district-wide, while also sending class sizes in the wrong direction," Knost said. "Overall, the main focus is our need for additional space and continued support for our STEM/Innovation efforts."
Citizens for Better Rockwood Schools is leading the effort for the “YES” campaign.
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The Rockwood Labor Club has also endorsed Leonard Keith Kinder, Lynne Midyett and Randy Kirk Miller for the Rockwood School Board, and Zack Goldford for the Parkway School Board.