Proposition S

Proposition S

Prop S Bond Issue: Progress as Promised

On June 2, 2020, 79.28% of Francis Howell School District voters approved a $244 million bond issue that does not increase the tax rate. The approval of Proposition S allows the District to borrow money now and in the future to address pressing facility needs at all Francis Howell Schools.  The projects funded through Prop S are detailed in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). The CFMP calls for major updates at the older schools in the District, including Henderson, Fairmount, Becky-David, Hollenbeck, and Barnwell. The plan includes the construction of a new Francis Howell North High School, and improvement and safety updates at all schools across the District.

News Updates

November 2020

A meeting taking place between FHN staff members and the District's architect, to discuss needs for the new FHN building.Meetings were held in November with the District's architect and Francis Howell North Principal Dr. Nathan Hostetler, along with teachers and staff members from all of FHN's departments to solicit feedback on classroom and lab layouts, room dimensions, storage needs, support spaces, and finishing touches, like lighting, casework, sinks, and data and power needs. This valuable input from FHN teachers and staff will influence the design decisions made for the new high school.

Also this month, the Francis Howell North Design Team conducted a three-phase process to secure a contractor to serve as Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) for the FHN high school complex. The process included a form Request for Qualification (RFQ), followed by a Request for Proposal (RFP), and an interview process for the firms selected as finalists. CMAR is a new process available to public entities. FHSD will be one of the first school districts to utilize this construction method for a new build project in the St. Charles County area. CMAR is faster construction, which includes the builder in the design/drawing phase to provide additional guidance for efficiencies in the construction process. As a result, the builder will be able to provide the District with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the construction of the new Francis Howell North High School. Throughout this phased process, the Design Team selected S.M. Wilson and has entered into negotiations for a contract to provide CMAR services.

A construction worker uses a large drill to drill into the parking lot at Francis Howell Central High School.The District engaged Weis Design Group to evaluate parking lots and playgrounds across the District. This evaluation will help prioritize the work that needs to be done and ensure proper distribution of funds from Proposition S. Core drilling took place at some Francis Howell Central High School parking lots. These core samples will be used to better identify how much pavement exists below the surface, so appropriate decisions and plans can be created to reflect repairs needed at parking lots across the District.

Security vestibules are still being designed and meetings with building principals also occurred this month.

October 2020

A Hoener Associate architect discusses security vestibules with District staff at John Weldon Elementary.A Hoener Associates architect discussed plans for the new Proposition S-funded security vestibules with principals and FHSD administration at John Weldon Elementary. One of the most effective means of preventing intruders in the school environment is to control access at the main entrance of the building. Proposition S funds for the construction or renovation of safety vestibules at all Francis Howell Schools, which would route visitors through a separate space for check-in and visitor screening. 

A surveyor gathers data for the new District Transportation facility.

Site surveyors gathered data for the new District Transportation Facility.

October Board Update Report

September 2020

Fairmount Elementary's portable classroom was completed. Work also began on the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) process for the new Francis Howell North High School. The design team recommended to the Board of Education, after researching the process of CMAR and how it could help be more cost-effective, as well as shorten the timeline of construction for the FHN building. The selection process will be a two-step process, starting with an RFQ that leads to select respondents of the RFQ to be invited to submit an RFP.

August 2020

Fairmount's Jr Construction Team watches the installation of a portable trailer.Fairmount Elementary's portable classroom began installation and presented a unique opportunity to engage students in the construction process. Over the course of several days, students were invited to observe the installation and ask questions about the various trade skills that were completed the installation work. Students learned how their lessons from the classroom are being applied to real jobs in the workforce. 

Hollenbeck Middle School received a new track as part of the Prop S work.
The Hollenbeck Middle School track was started and completed. This project was a complete tear out of the old track and installation of a new track, that also included ADA access to the track from the school building.

July 2020

The Board of Education approved the Hollenbeck Track replacement as part of Proposition S. The Warren Elementary parking lot was also replaced and resurfaced during this month.

June 2, 2020

Prop S SignageFrancis Howell School District voters approved Missouri's largest bond issue. Prop S passed with 79.28% voter approval. The $244 million bond issue does not increase the current tax rate. Approval of Prop S allows the District to borrow money now and in the future to address pressing facility needs at all Francis Howell Schools.

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