Summer is a great time for reflection and I am happy to report that our students continue to perform above state and national averages on nearly all measures. Our state accreditation score has increased annually from 86.8 % in 2013 to 90.4% in 2014 and 93.9% in 2015 (full accreditation is anything over 70%). Other notable achievements throughout the district include:
In addition to our accomplishments in student learning, we have increased our ability to effectively communicate with patrons by implementing an after-hours emergency phone service, a school messenger "tip line" and a more user friendly website.
Financially, we have been able to bolster staff compensation packages, thus increasing our ability to attract and retain the highest quality staff while still remaining fiscally responsible. The district ended the 2015-16 school year nearly a 27% fund balance. Little wonder our Assistant Superintendent for Business and Technology, Dr. Charles Brazeale, was selected as the 2015 School Business Official of the Year by Missouri Association of School Business Officials.
Another piece of positive news is that the district also enjoyed an increased in overall assessed valuation (based on property values in the district) for the first time since the recession. As a result, the board was able to reduce the tax levy by nearly six cents. When the board sets the new tax rate this fall, we’ll be factoring in another year of increased assessed valuation as depicted below.
City of St. Charles School District
ASSESSED VALUATION HISTORY TAX RATE HISTORY
Total Operating Debt Service
2016-17 $918,462,086 tbd tbd tbd
*2015-2016 $905,755,528 $5.5227 $4.7727 $.7500
2014-2015 $876,935,831 $5.5820 $4.8320 $.7500
Thank you for your ongoing support of the City of St. Charles School District. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you in the fall.
Jeff Marion, Ed. D.