A group of local stakeholders have been asked to help the School District of University City continue its efforts to make U City Schools a destination.
The District's Facilities Steering Committee, which includes a cross section of University City school and community leaders, parents and students, will meet at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the Ronald E. McNair Administration Building on Oct. 1, 11 and 25.
“For me, it’s a continuation of the work we began in 2008 when we embarked upon community engagement,” said Joylynn Pruitt, superintendent of schools. “Our students, community and city deserve the best climate for academic success. Academically, we are continuing our rigorous reform efforts and making consistent improvement, which was demonstrated when we recently retained our full accreditation. Having adequate and safe facilities that support our instructional programming is critical.”
The committee is charged with engaging in purposeful discussions and is responsible for providing recommendations to the Board of Education in the following areas:
- Should the School District of University City place a bond issue on the ballot in April of 2013?
- Should the School District of University City proceed with a $19.4 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue or more?
- What projects should the School District of University City complete with these bond proceeds?
All committee recommendations are advisory in nature. The committee will present recommendations to the Board at the 5:45 p.m. Board work session on Nov. 1 and 7 p.m. Board meeting on Nov. 15.
Destination U City Schools
The Destination U City Schools journey began in 2008 and continues today. With significant community support to pass the $53 million bond issue in April 2009, the School District of University City continues to make improvements to its educational buildings. At the same time, the District continues academic reform efforts and other changes determined through the course of the Destination U City community engagement effort in 2008 and 2009.