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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The price tag is $30 million for the Mehlville School District’s plan for more classrooms, more computers, new air conditioners, and a new auditorium.

Board members like the idea, having given it their thumbs up last week, but still don’t know how Superintendent Eric Knost intends to pay for it.

Mehlville School Board members President Ron Fedorchak and Vice President Venki Palamand think it’ll be a combination of a tax increase and bond issue.

If that’s the case, they believe it might be a tough sell.

“Anytime you ask for a tax increase, it’s very difficult in this community to get that through,” says Fedorchak. “You really have to show a need for it. Historically, the district has struggled with August proposals, so it depends on timing as to when this would be proposed, how much community input we’re going to get and the kind of feedback we get from parents.”

They expect to get details from Knost at next Thursday night’s meeting.

Later this year, he’ll be leaving the district to take charge of the Rockwood School District.

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