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Education News

Mehlville School Board Finance Meeting July 29

Finance Committee of the Board of Education of Mehlville School District will conduct an Open Meeting at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125.

A quorum of the Board may be present at this meeting.

The meeting will be held for review and approval of […]

Former Mehlville Interim Superintendent takes same position in Joplin, MO

It was announced today that Dr. Norm Ridder, former Interim Superintendent for the Mehlville School District, has taken the same position in Joplin, MO.

According to the joplinschools.org website, “Joplin Schools is excited to welcome Dr. Norm Ridder as the newest member of the Joplin Eagle family. Dr. Ridder has extensive experience in education and leadership. […]

Salary Schedule Committee to meet July 21

The Salary Schedule Committee of the Board of Education of Mehlville School District will conduct an Open Meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Mehlville School District Administration Building.

The meeting will be held for the discussion of the alternative Salary Schedule.

May Budget Cuts Followed By Loss Of Teachers

Excerpt from South County Times article by Jamie Mowers:
In May, the Mehlville Board of Education approved $4 million in cuts for the 2015-2016 school year. The reductions include the elimination of 23 teaching positions, as well as the elimination of paid tutors, said John Wolff, director of communications and public relations for the district.

With the […]

Mehlville board eyes sample ballot language for tax-rate hike

Excerpt from Call Newspapers article by Gloria Lloyd:
With the cutoff to add a tax-rate measure for the November election approaching next month, the Mehlville Board of Education is set to start looking tonight at sample ballot language, how money might be used and a “Contract with Mehlville” to build accountability into spending.

In the first meeting […]

Mehlville’s efficiency hurts students, Ridder says

Excerpt from the Call Newspapers Article by Gloria Lloyd:
At the June 29 kickoff of the Mehlville-Oakville United Committee’s campaign for a tax-rate increase, Ridder ended his tenure on a positive note after discussing the higher rates of teachers who left in light of Mehlville’s $4.6 million deficit.

In Norm Ridder’s final public appearance as superintendent last week, […]

Cost of teacher turnover in Mehlville Schools subject of Post-Dispatch article

With the Mehlville School District losing nearly 80 teachers, most of whom resigned, a recent Post-Dispatch article explains the financial and non-financial costs of replacing teachers.

“Researchers figure teacher attrition costs the nation’s school districts about $2.2 billion each year. Costs include recruiting, hiring, training and developing new staff. Mehlville officials say it’s hard to put […]

Mehlville School District Welcomes Dr. Chris Gaines as new Superintendent

The Mehlville School District is under new leadership, as Dr. Chris Gaines begins his work as the District’s new Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Gaines has a three year contract with the District. He comes to Mehlville after having served as superintendent in the Wright City R-II School District in Wright City, Missouri.

Dr. Gaines was praised for both his dedication […]

Mehlville Interim Superintendant Dr. Norm Ridder appears on Fox2 News in the Morning

Mehlville’s Interim Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder appeared on Fox 2 to discuss a potential campaign to pass a property tax increase in the Mehlville School district.

Watch his interview with John Pertzborn here:

Teachers leaving the Mehlville School District more than doubles

A recent article in the Call Newspaper states that 55 teachers have resigned from the district this year while the typical number is roughly 20 teachers, according to Mehlville School District Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Catalana.

According to Catalana, ““We lost some rock-star teachers, and this is concerning.  This is what they’re telling me: They’re […]