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Ballot question in Ritenour School District will probably return

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The head of the Ritenour School District says there probably will be another attempt to pass a ballot question that failed earlier this month.

Voters rejected a bond issue and tax increase that would have raised $32 million, most of which would have gone for a new auditorium.

Superintendent Cheryl Compton says Ritenour is one of just nine high schools in St. Louis County that doesn't have such a facility.

"I joined in July [2006] as superintendent, and probably from July 2nd, I heard that we need an auditorium at the high school," Compton said, in an interview. "So, I do believe the community sees a real need for the auditorium at the high school. It's been a long-standing need."

A majority of voters approved the ballot question, but it needed 57% to pass. Compton says the district's efforts were probably also hurt by reassessment forms, which arrived in mailboxes just before the election.

The bond issue also would have paid for a new early childhood center, and more classrooms.