Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – “If we stay in our comfort zone, we will never get to where the magic happens.”

That’s what new Mehlville School District Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines told a packed house at the high school auditorium, Tuesday night.

“We’re struggling financially, and the ongoing financial struggle is starting to impact us at the classroom level,” Gaines told KMOX prior to his state of the district speech, given only 70 days into his new position. He’s a former Wright City, Mo. school superintendent.

Gaines said if voters pass “Proposition R” in November, it would amount to a 38-cent-a-day tax hike for those with $150,000 homes.

He says a plan is in place to guide the Mehlville district’s use of new funds for the betterment of all.

Taxpayer Alan Leaderbrand is skeptical, “I’ve been at the meetings for the strategic plan, which sounds good, but where’s the meat behind it? Where’s the plan that shows we are on track?”

Leaderbrand said he doesn’t trust the school board to allocate the funds properly.

Leaderbrand agreed he seemed to be in the minority at the superintendent’s presentation, but said he anticipates we’ll start hearing more opposition as the November 3 election gets closer.

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