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Mehlville ranks among top in Missouri on 2018’s test scores

Pictured above: Mehlville High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The Mehlville School District earned its highest scores ever on a statewide academic test in 2018, ranking the district among some of the highest performing public school districts in the state even as most districts saw scores fall with a harder

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Cable delays Musick Road’s construction

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Construction at the intersection of Musick Road and Gravois Road originally slated to be completed by the end of 2018 will now be finished by May, after the timeline was extended when workers found an AT&T cable buried along Gravois. The cable was found well into construction, said David

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Bayless teacher one of 33 nationwide to receive $25,000 Milken Award

Pictured above, Therese Shain, a special-education teacher at Bayless Elementary, smiles for photos after receiving a $25,000 Milken Educator Award Wednesday morning. Shain is one of 33 educators nationwide to receive the award in 2018-2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A Bayless Elementary School teacher was awarded one of education’s

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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Sunset Hills overhauls Planning Commission

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen overhauled the Planning and Zoning Commission last month in an unusual competitive vote for a city committee. Current Planning and Zoning member Steve Young and former longtime Police Advisory Board President Frank Pellegrini were both unanimously appointed to represent Ward 3 on the

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Crestwood changes policy to take fewer bids

By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The city of Crestwood just updated its purchasing policy, which had been untouched for 15 years. The Board of Aldermen identified the change as a 2018 priority in an effort to modernize and improve overall efficiency of the city’s operations. The new policy allows the city to purchase budgeted

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Green Park comes under budget by more than $1 million

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenach@callnewspapers.com The city of Green Park is starting 2019 with a $238,651 surplus budget after coming in under budget by more than $1.1 million last year. The Board of Aldermen passed the city’s $2.4 million 2019 budget unanimously Dec. 17. The city ended 2018 with a $3,667,527 total ending balance

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Mehlville expands universal breakfast to Forder Elementary

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District will be running a universal free breakfast pilot program at Forder Elementary School starting this week and continuing through March 15, with the unanimous approval of the Board of Education. A universal free breakfast program is a complete breakfast available at no cost to all

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