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  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.