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Susan Hartley, science teacher, wears a Snow Day sweatshirt that she purchased last year. The added fundraiser this year is even more reason to purchase one, Hartley said.
'Snow Day Enthusiast'
David Moss and Willem HummelNovember 20, 2023

Susan Hartley, science teacher, has purchased MHS-specific snow day clothing in years past “because every teacher has dreams of snow days just...

The recycling cans at lunch will feature an infographic of what can be recycled.
S.A.F.E. Club Re-introduces Recycling At Lunch
Elliott Jorgensen and Justin SmallNovember 15, 2023

The Commons used to have recycling bins for water bottles before they were removed, Principal Dr. Tracey Wackerle said. “We have had issues...

Students work in their Spanish 3 class with teacher Jocelyn Nebel Theiss.
RSD Implements New Four-Year Course Selection Process
Luke Graves and Claire LowderNovember 15, 2023

The district is rolling out a new 4-year enrollment process this week in the hopes that it will improve the coordination of schedules between...

Proposition 3 was voted on in the November 7th ballot.
Proposition 3 Passed by Voters
Hailey Neuner and Emily ChienNovember 8, 2023

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, nearly 14,000 St. Louis county residents filed into polling stations. With a 66% majority, Prop 3, aimed to provide debt-free...

Prop 3 Prioritizes Safety, Technology, Facilities

Voters will decide on Prop 3 Tuesday
Media by Rhianna Li
Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain presents information about Proposition 3 to the community at a Town Hall at MHS Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A student Chromebook typically costs just over $400, but when purchased with bond funds, the average cost of the initial device goes from $405 to $715 per device when factoring interest.

Bob Deneau, chief information officer, said Chromebooks are an important part of students’ learning.

We are simply asking taxpayers to allow us to reallocate tax revenue we are already receiving from debt to capital projects.”

— Mary LaPak

“Chromebooks are compatible with these digital resources at a good price point for school districts,” Deneau said.

Rockwood Technology purchases Chromebooks with a 4-year total care warranty that covers all costs associated with accidental Chromebook breakage and keeps maintenance costs low.

“A safe, secure and reliable network is key to learning with digital resources and devices such as Chromebooks,” Deneau said.

Proposition 3, which is on the Tuesday, Nov. 7, ballot, aims to shift the district’s financial priorities from long-term debt interest payments to annual safety, technology and facility maintenance.

This shift will occur by having a dedicated annual levy for these items to ensure that 100% of proceeds go to schools instead of banks in the form of interest.

Source: Rockwood School District

If Prop 3 passes, MHS may benefit through having 2-way radios, updating door access control and monitoring system, updating and adding security cameras, revamping the intruder alarm system and creating a surveillance station for the School Resource Officer (SRO).

“The district will have to assess the costs of projects, and not all things will be done as seen fit,” Sophomore Principal Kyle Devine said.

Mary LaPak, Chief Communications Officer, said that the last bond issue funds have been depleted, and today’s interest rates are higher than they were in April 2022. Needed resources cost more than $30 million annually.

“We are simply asking taxpayers to allow us to reallocate tax revenue we are already receiving from debt to capital projects,” LaPak said.

If Prop 3 passes, it will accumulate approximately $26-$27 million annually when fully phased in.

If Prop 3 does not pass, the district will again return to voters with bond issues to fund annual safety, technology and facility updates. The district would continue to fix major issues as they occur; however, long-range preventative maintenance would fall behind.

“All priority projects at every school can be funded in the first few years if Prop 3 passes, but we want all patrons to be informed about which projects have been identified as priorities at each school,” LaPak said. “The absence of a transfer to Capital Projects is already taking a toll on schools.”

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About the Contributors
Prashu Sidella, Online Editor
Prashu Sidella, senior, is the Online Editor for the Marquette Messenger. This will be her third year on staff. She is the president of Key Club, plays tennis, and dances. In her free time, she enjoys watching new shows and traveling.
Rhianna Li, Co-Online Publisher
Rhianna Li, senior, is an online publisher for MHSNews. This is her second year on staff. She has a passion for producing heartfelt stories and enjoys meeting people in the process. In her free time, Rhianna can be found in the outdoors, spending time with her family, or exploring her many hobbies.
David Moss, Co-News Editor
David Moss, junior, is one of the news editors for the Marquette Messenger. This is his first full year on staff. David participates in cross country and track in the fall and spring. He also plays piano at his church and in the JazzU program.

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