Monday: 7:30 P.M. School Finance

The high price of civic pride

The Webster Groves Board of Education is convening in the one-story school-district building tucked into the shadow of the high school. Had out-of-town visitors driven to that meeting by way of Elm Street, with its lovingly restored Victorian homes valued at as much as $700,000, they might have assumed that the board's major task this evening was figuring out how best to invest all those tax revenues that must roll in from such a prosperous community. They would be wrong.

In fact, the Webster Groves public schools are facing a $1.2 million deficit in their $30 million annual operating budget, 80%...

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