|Board of Education Unanimously Decides to Place Tax Levy on April 7th Ballot for New Construction
The WSD Board of Education has unanimously voted to place a 25 cent tax levy increase on the April 7, 2015 ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District. “Our needs have not changed since November,” shared Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We must make room for the hundreds of new students we add each year. Most of our buildings are at or nearing capacity and new construction takes time. If we want student achievement to remain in the top 8% in the state, it’s imperative that we provide adequate space for all students to learn and thrive.”
Based on voter feedback, Proposition E was modified from the November election to include additional classrooms at Holt High School and provide the funds necessary to purchase land for future school sites. Proceeds from Proposition E would also be used to construct a new elementary school, complete Phase Two of Liberty High School, construct additional classrooms at Discovery Ridge, Duello and Lakeview elementary, purchase equipment and furnishings for the new classrooms, upgrade security throughout the District, and upgrade science and FACS classrooms at Wentzville Middle School. The operating levy will require a simple majority from voters and includes a Sunset Clause that would expire no later than 2035.
The District’s tax rate is currently set at $4.99 per $100 of assessed value. The proposed levy would increase that rate to $5.24 per $100 of assessed value. District residents who own a home with a market value of $200,000 could expect to pay an additional $7.92 per month if the proposition passes.
The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century. Enrollment has increased by more than 8,000 students since 2001, averaging well over 600 new students every year. According to projections in a demographic study released last year by Business Information Services, the WSD could add more than 5,000 new students over the next decade. The report’s key findings include calculations that indicate one third of the District’s schools are currently over capacity. “A primary concern in our analysis is the Wentzville District’s ability to house the anticipated number of students,” the report states. “By 2018, the District’s enrollment could be 16,832 in buildings designed to hold only 15,583 students.” The entire Demographics and Enrollment Projection Study can be found on the District website.
| The passage of Proposition E would allow the District to:
- Build a new elementary school
- Complete PHASE II of Liberty High School
- Construct additional classrooms at four schools: Discovery Ridge , Duello, Lakeview and Holt High
- Equipment and furniture for the new classrooms
- Update science and FACS classrooms at Wentzville Middle School
- Upgrade security throughout the District
- Purchase land for future school sites
|2015-16 Kindergarten Registration and Screening Dates Set
Dates have been set for the WSD's kindergarten registration and screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2015. If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Wentzville School District Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that your screening may need to be at another elementary school in the District. >>>FULL STORY and DATES
Timberland Symphonic Band Chosen to Perform at State Music Educators Conference
The Timberland High School Symphonic Band has been chosen to perform at the 77th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) State Music Conference on January 29th at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Over 160 ensembles from across the state submitted recordings last spring, and Timberland is one of only six high school bands selected to perform. “This is the highest honor a high school band can receive in the state,” said Timberland Band Director Courtney Straine. “The Timberland High School Symphonic Band is honored to be making its first appearance at the MMEA Conference.” The Symphonic Band was formed following auditions during the 2012-13 school year due to the growth of the Timberland Band program.
This marks the first time in school history that an ensemble has been invited to perform at the MMEA Conference. “The time and effort our students and directors put into their music yield fantastic results,” said Timberland Principal Nathan Hoven. “This opportunity to showcase their talents is a great honor and makes us all very proud.” The band learned of their selection before school started in August and they have been preparing since then for their performance. The band will hold a preview concert on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Timberland’s Carl Reininger Theater and the public is invited to attend.
WSD Employees Participate in Active Shooter/Intruder Response Training
All WSD employees are participating in Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training (ASIRT) as required by a new state law (Senate Bill 75).
The training, provided by Wentzville police officers, reviews life-saving strategies if faced with a potentially dangerous or armed intruder in a school setting.
ASIRT includes an overview and history of modern active shooters, what to do when lockdowns fail, what to do when law enforcement arrives, as well as practical exercises and simulated scenarios.
"The safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority," shared Dr. Cain in a message to all staff regarding the training. "Although we hope we will never be faced with a situation where we will require this type of training, it is essential that we are prepared in the event that we are."
|WSD Foundation Trivia Night is February 28th
The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $50,000 to date has been raised through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening! Entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, you must pay in advance. Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation and drop off or mail to Mary LaPak, One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352.
>>>2015 Trivia Night Flyer
|Late Start and Before Care Chautauqua Options
Would you like to utilize the WSD Before Care Program in the event school is delayed due to inclement weather? All families are welcome to utilize the Chautauqua Program on those days beginning at 6:00 a.m. If you think you would like to have that option, please register today by completing the Delayed Start Form. You may return the completed form to the Chautauqua Office located at 719 W Pearce Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385 or send it electronically to Tanya Kirkpatrick.
If your child is not currently enrolled in the Before School Program, the cost is $10 per day. If your child is currently enrolled in the Before School Program, there is no charge and you do not need to complete the registration form. We encourage all parents who think they may want to take advantage of this program to register now. In the event of a delayed start, you will need to bring payment to the site in the form of a check made payable to the Wentzville School District. Students will not be allowed to stay without payment and prior registration.
Last year was the first year the District added a delayed start or "snow schedule day" option as an alternative to closing schools for the entire day. Under the right conditions, such as overnight snow accumulations, icy conditions, or substantial wind chill readings, the District could delay the start time of all WSD schools by two hours at the discretion of the Superintendent. Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center would not have morning classes on delayed start days, but would still have afternoon classes. Parents and guardians will be notified of a delayed start with the same communication methods used to communicate school closing information (call, text, email, website, TV/radio stations, Facebook and Twitter). The delayed start option is another way to keep children as safe as possible and still provide essential instructional time. Delayed start days count as full attendance days and will not need to be made up like a "snow day" when school is closed for the entire day.
|WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:
District Phone Call/Text
The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information!
When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.
KTVI - TV Channel 2 KMOX Radio 1120 AM
KMOV - TV Channel 4 KWRE Radio 730 AM
KSDK - TV Channel 5 KFAV Radio 99.9 FM
These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.
The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.
The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.
Facebook and Twitter
The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.
Do you know someone who would like to work for the WSD?
Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years?
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.
In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!
WSD Coaches, Teachers and Principals Utilizing Twitter
The District is utilizing Twitter to communicate with athletes, students and parents! Twitter is a quick and easy social media tool that allows followers to receive notifications via email and/or text.
A complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.